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Jason Hammel | Starting Pitcher | #39

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Treasure Valley CC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 10 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details
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Jason Hammel surrendered three runs on four hits over three-plus innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers
Control was a major issue for Hammel, who threw just 47 of his 84 pitches for strikes. His lack of consistency in the zone came back to bite in the fourth inning, when the veteran right-hander walked two -- one of those free passes coming to Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded -- and hit two batters before being relieved of duty. Hammel will carry a rough 5.30 ERA and 1.77 WHIP into a home start against the Twins as he looks for a rebound outing next time he toes the rubber. Apr 23 - 6:20 PM

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Jason Hammel held the Giants to one run over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

It's his first quality start in three tries for the Royals. He's still looking for his first victory. We see very little in the way of fantasy value here.
Apr 19 - 12:50 AM

Jason Hammel yielded four runs in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Athletics.

Hammel ceased being a decent bet in fantasy the day the Cubs decided to go cheaper at the back of their rotation. He'll probably prove adequate for the Royals, but he shouldn't be owned in any mixed leagues. He's 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA after two starts.
Apr 12 - 11:41 PM

Jason Hammel pitched a serviceable game in Thursday's no-decision against the Twins, yielding three runs on six hits over five innings.

Hammel coughed up a pair of runs in the second inning, then one more in the fifth. He managed to survive some incredibly sketchy control in this one, as the veteran right-hander walked four on the afternoon. While Hammel makes for a fine back-of-the-rotation arm for the Royals -- ERAs below 4.00 in three of the last four seasons -- there is little fantasy value, here.
Apr 6 - 4:27 PM

Jason Hammel struggled in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rangers, surrendering five runs (four earned) on four hits over two innings.

Hammel is slated to pitch on April 6 against the Twins as third man out of the rotation for the Royals. He has not exactly finished up the spring strong, having yielded 12 runs (11 earned) in his last two starts. Those runs scored in the space of eight innings. Hammel has posted ERAs south of 4.00 in three of the last four seasons, but holds relatively little fantasy intrigue.
Apr 1 - 4:46 PM

Jason Hammel was blasted for seven earned runs over six innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Angels.

This was the first bad outing of the spring for Hammel, who entered with a 3.14 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in four starts covering 14 1/3 innings. He gave up eight hits and walked two while striking out three. The new Royals starter is lined up to pitch the third game of the regular season.
Mar 26 - 6:46 PM

Jason Hammel was charged with one run in 5 1/3 innings in Monday’s start against the Reds.

The only run scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning after he was pulled from the ballgame. It was a strong outing, as he allowed just three hits while walking one and striking out five. Hammel settled for a two-year, $16 million contract with the Royals in early February, but he has a chance to be a nice bargain. The veteran right-hander faded during the second half last year, but he still finished with a 3.83 ERA and 144/53 K/BB ratio over 166 2/3 innings.
Mar 20 - 7:41 PM

Jason Hammel yielded five hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Royals' Cactus League win over the White Sox.

He fanned five and didn't walk anyone. Hammel had a shutout going until Yoan Moncada left the yard for a two-run homer in the fifth. The White Sox threatened in the third inning with a pair of singles but Hammel escaped the jam by inducing an inning-ending double play. Hammel certainly isn’t an ace, but he’s logged an ERA under four in four of his last five seasons. The 34-year-old journeyman has been with four teams since 2013.
Mar 15 - 8:32 PM

Jason Hammel struggled in Friday's Cactus League start against the Athletics, allowing two runs on three hits over 2 2/3 innings.

The right-hander punched out three on the night while walking two. Matt Olson tagged him for a solo homer as part of a two-run second inning. Hammel is locked into a spot near the top of the Royals rotation, and seems to be undervalued in fantasy circles, going outside the top 300 players overall.
Mar 10 - 11:41 PM

Jason Hammel did not allow a run over two innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the Giants.

Hammel did allow two hits, but neither runner came around to score. The Royals signed him to a two-year, $16 million contract early in February. In 30 starts with the Cubs last season, he posted a 3.83 ERA. There could be value here for those in deeper AL-only formats, less so in mixed leagues.
Mar 4 - 7:08 PM

Royals signed RHP Jason Hammel to a two-year, $16 million contract with a mutual option for 2019.

The deal was reported over the weekend and it became official Tuesday after Hammel passed his physical. According to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, Hammel will make $5 million in 2017 and $9 million in 2018 while the mutual option includes a $2 million buyout. The Royals emerged as a fit for Hammel after the tragic death of Yordano Ventura in a car crash last month. The veteran right-hander put up a 3.83 ERA over 30 starts with the World Series champion Cubs last season.
Feb 8 - 3:10 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and free agent right-hander Jason Hammel have reached an agreement on a two-year contract.

Adding financial terms to the deal, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Hammel will be guaranteed at least $16 million. The deal, which is pending a physical, also contains a mutual option for a third season. The Royals needed to fortify their rotation after the tragic death of Yordano Ventura and they have now secured the best free agent starting pitcher remaining on the market.
Feb 5 - 10:50 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, free agent Jason Hammel received a one-year offer from the Mariners with a $10 million option for 2018 earlier this offseason.

That offer came months ago and is reportedly off the table now that Seattle has added both Yovani Gallardo and Drew Smyly to its starting rotation. Hammel was hoping to parlay his 15-win season into a three-year contract but hasn't found any takers yet. With spring training just days away, Hammel may have to set his sights a bit lower. The Orioles, Rangers and Royals have also been linked to Hammel this offseason.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 4 - 5:41 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Royals have shown "renewed interest" in free agent Jason Hammel.

The Royals had previously been linked to Hammel but now their interest has understandably piqued following the tragic death of Yordano Ventura. Kansas City has also checked in on Doug Fister and could pursue a trade with the Rays for one of their starters including Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi. Hammel set a career-high by winning 15 games for the Cubs this past season while logging a respectable 3.83 ERA.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 28 - 9:28 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent Jason Hammel was "in talks with the Mariners" when he switched agents in late December.

Hammel moved his representation from Octagon to ACES, and his new reps at ACES apparently didn't approve of Seattle's offer. Now that ship has probably sailed. The veteran right-hander is struggling to attract significant interest on the free agent market this winter despite recording 15 wins and a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts last season for the World Series-champion Cubs. There are obviously real concerns about his elbow.
Jan 19 - 9:53 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Brian Flynn