White Sox: Three Chicago Cubs players to pursue this offseason
The Chicago Cubs added in Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers during the 2018 season. He has been a good player for them during his mid-30s but his time as a Cub is more than likely done. If he did want to continue his career in Chicago however, he could come to the South Side who could probably use some help at both the top and bottom of their rotation. At 36 years old, he will likely be a guy at the bottom of the rotation and that is okay.
He went 7-7 with the Cubs in 2019 which isn’t terrible for a guy who was behind guys like Yu Darvish, Jose Quintana, Jon Lester, and Kyle Hendricks. He wasn’t awful by any means and he probably deserves a better record than he had. He had a 3.81 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. His WAR was 3.0 and he compiled 143 strikeouts. It was a pretty good year for him as he pretty much is what he is at this point.
The White Sox pitching staff is going to be crowded next season, especially if they add a starting pitcher or two. Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez, Michael Kopech, and Dylan Cease are all going to be fighting for starts so it will be interesting to see if they can add a guy like Hamels and potentially make a trade involving one of the previously mentioned guys. Hamels would also be a good presence in the clubhouse as well so that could be something Rick Hahn looks at over the winter.