The Atlanta Braves signed veteran lefty Cole Hamels on a one-year, $18 million deal on Wednesday, and now it's been revealed that some former MLB players may have helped convince Hamels that Atlanta was the best destination for him.
Hamels claims to have talked with both former Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur and ex-Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, who apparently had nothing but good things to say about the Braves.
From a Phillies perspective, as a team that was also in pursuit of the 35-year-old, this is a cold blooded move from Howard. Howard could have tried to push Hamels towards signing a reunion deal with the Phillies.
After all, the pair were teammates in Philadelphia from 2006-2015, so for the veteran to return to his former stomping grounds would have made a lot of sense.
Someone needs to remind Howard where he played for his entire 13-year MLB career, because the big fella did not do the Phils any favors with this recruitment.