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Jason Hammel | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cubs signed RHP Jason Hammel to a two-year, $18 million contract with a $12 million club option for 2017.
The option contains a $2 million buyout, so Hammel is guaranteed at least $20 million. Hammel was excellent for the Cubs last season, posting a 2.98 ERA over 17 starts before being shipped to the A's at the trade deadline. He didn't pitch as well in Oakland (4.26 ERA), but at $18 million Hammel is a solid investment for the Cubbies. Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:49:00 AM

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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Jason Hammel will be guaranteed $20 million in his new contract with the Cubs.

Hammel and the Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $18 million contract which includes a $2 million buyout on a club option for 2017. There's a chance he could have done better elsewhere, but he apparently really liked pitching in Chicago this past season.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Jason Hammel will return to the Cubs.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the deal is done, pending a physical. According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the new deal is expected to be in the two-year, $18 million range with a club option for 2017. That would be a very nice bargain for Chicago.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:11:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jason Hammel is close to returning the Cubs.

Hammel got off to a wonderful start with the Cubs last season before being shipped to the A's along with Jeff Samardzija in July. He ended up with a quality 3.47 ERA and 163/44 K/BB ratio over 176 1/3 innings. While he had to settle for a one-year, $6 million deal last offseason, he's likely to get a multi-year contract this time around.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:26:00 AM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have interest in free agent Jason Hammel.

It was previously reported that as many as 12 teams had interest in the right-hander. Hammel was having a great year with the Cubs before a mid-season trade to the A's, and he still finished with a 3.47 ERA and 163/44 K/BB ratio over 176 1/3 innings. He may have to wait to sign until some of the bigger free agent fish are reeled in.
Source: Miami Herald
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 08:01:00 PM

Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal reports that Jason Hammel has drawn interest from 12 teams.

Barbarisi adds that Hammel could be an option for the Yankees and is "likely to sign later once other dominoes fall." Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle says that the Astros are also interested. The right-hander is reportedly looking for a deal similar to Scott Feldman's three-year, $30 million contract from last season. He put up a 3.47 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 163/44 K/BB ratio over 176 1/3 innings for the Cubs and A's in 2014.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 06:53:00 PM

Jason Hammel was handed a no-decision but pitched well, allowing one run in six innings in Thursday's walk-off loss to the Rangers.

Hammel has quietly pitched well over the last two months for the Athletics, erasing a tough start to his tenure in Oakland. Over his last nine starts, Hammel has a 2.49 ERA over 50 2/3 innings. Versus the Rangers, he gave up only five hits without issuing a walk and striking out five. Hammel, on the outside looking in at the Athletics' post-season rotation, finishes out the regular season 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 163/44 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Jason Hammel will rejoin the Athletics' rotation on Thursday in Texas.

Hammel missed a start over the weekend in order to attend the birth of his child. He got off to a slow start for the A's but has been great of late, posting a 2.62 ERA since the beginning of August.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:10:00 PM

Jason Hammel pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, to finish off Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

The A's had already announced that Hammel won't start Saturday to attend the birth of his child. At least he got a little work in before he left.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 07:17:00 PM

Jason Hammel will miss his scheduled start on Saturday in order to attend the birth of his child.

Drew Pomeranz will fill in against the Phillies. Hammel will rejoin the rotation next week.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Jason Hammel dropped to 2-6 for the A's after allowing three runs in five innings Friday against the Mariners.

There's no real hope of the A's offense bailing out the starter when he gives up three runs these days. Hammel struck out six and walked just one, but two of the four hits he allowed were homers, dooming him to a loss.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 02:14:00 AM

Jason Hammel struck out seven while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Sunday.

Hammel held the Astros scoreless until the seventh, when they plated both their runs against the right-hander. He gave up five hits and a walk on the day. It was another good start for Hammel after a rough beginning with the A's. He's now got a 4.70 ERA in the American League, and he'll look to improve on those numbers Friday at the Mariners.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 08:45:00 AM

Jason Hammel allowed one run in eight innings of work Monday in a win over the Mariners.

Hammel was brilliant in this one as the A's rebounded from their sweep at the hands of the Angels. He was spotted a 5-0 lead in the first, making his job that much easier. Over the course of eight innings, Hammel struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits. The lone splotch on his line came on a Brad Miller solo home run. Other than that, Hammel was golden. This was his best start since being traded from the Cubs and he's trending in the right direction. In his last two starts Hammel's allowed just six hits in fifteen innings. Between the Cubs and the A's, Hammel holds a 3.58 ERA and 1.15 WHIP to go with a 141/43 K/BB.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Jason Hammel went seven strong innings against the Astros on Tuesday, allowing just one run, but he ended up with a no-decision.

Hammel gave up just three hits on the evening, with Dexter Fowler's solo home run serving as the only damage against him. The right-hander also struck out six. He left in line for his second win since joining the Athletics, but the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Still, it was the third promising start for Hammel in his last four outings, something he'll look to build on Sunday at the Angels.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:53:00 PM

The Athletics will skip Jason Hammel's next turn in the rotation.

Hammel was roughed up for five runs over three innings in his last outing and holds a disappointing 6.75 ERA over seven starts for the A's. Thus, it's no surprise that Oakland has decided to use off days on Monday and Thursday to skip him. Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir will get the ball this weekend in the big series versus the Angels.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 06:09:00 PM