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Jason Hammel | Starting Pitcher | #39

Team: Chicago Cubs
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
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Orioles' general manager Dan Duquette told Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that his club is still in the market for a veteran starting pitcher, and that Jason Hammel could be a possibility.
When asked about Hammel specifically, Duquette noted "we like him, especially the way that he pitched for us". The 34-year-old right-hander is the top free agent starting pitcher remaining, but his market has been slow to develop. Due to concerns about his elbow, there's a chance that he may need to settle for a one-year deal this winter. Hammel pitched for the O's previously in 2012 and 2013. Jan 8 - 11:59 AM

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers are among the teams considering Jason Hammel.

The market for Hammel so far has been quiet, with some suggesting that he's receiving mostly one-year offers to this point. There is some worry about Hammel's elbow after he finished last season with a bit of tightness, but the 34-year-old also boasts a nice 3.68 ERA since the beginning of 2014. He'll land on his feet somewhere eventually.
Jan 6 - 5:46 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe believes free agent Jason Hammel could be a possibility for the Royals.

Hammel has mostly received one-year offers this offseason and could be an option for Kansas City if his price drops enough. Aside from acquiring Jorge Soler from the Cubs, the Royals have mostly stood pat this offseason. That could be by design with Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas all in the last year of their contracts. Hammel pitched reasonably well in 2016, recording 15 wins and a 3.83 ERA over 30 starts for the World Champion Cubs.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 06:11:00 PM

John Perrotto of FanRag Sports reports that "many teams" to this point have been unwilling to offer Jason Hammel more than a one-year contract.

Going into the offseason, Hammel looked to be one of the better free agent rotation options in a lacking market. However, Perrotto says clubs are leery about going beyond one year because Hammel ended last season with elbow tightness and scouts also believe the righty's stuff is declining. One American League scout told Perrotto that Hammel is "going to have to lower his sights" because "there are just too many questions marks surrounding him." Hammel switched agents last week, so it's clear he's grown frustrated by how things have played out so far this offseason.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 05:51:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that free agent right-hander Jason Hammel is switching agents.

Hammel is leaving Octagon and likely joining ACES as he tries to find a new team. The 34-year-old projected to be one of the top starters in a weak free agent class after having his option declined by the Cubs, but he has yet to draw the level of interest he was expecting. It probably didn't help that he faded down the stretch this past season and also missed his final start with elbow tightness. He wasn't included on the Cubs' postseason roster. Regardless, Hammel will try his luck with a new agent.
Source: FOX Sports
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:02:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "about 10 teams" have called Jason Hammel's agent, Alan Nero.

Cafardo adds of Hammel that the Marlins "might be one to watch for his services." It's not surprising that the right-hander is drawing plenty of interest, as he's one of the best arms in a weak crop of free agent starters. Hammel posted a 3.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 144/53 K/BB ratio over 166 innings last season for the Cubs.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that the Yankees are in the information gathering process on free agent Jason Hammel.

They are also doing their background work on Rich Hill as the club looks to bolster its rotation this winter. Hammel, who surprisingly had his 2017 option declined by the Cubs, went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 144/53 K/BB ratio over 166 innings in 2016. He and Hill are considered two of the top available starting pitchers on the free agent market.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 10:39:00 AM

Cubs declined RHP Jason Hammel's $12 million option for 2017.

They'll pay the right-hander a $2 million buyout instead. The 34-year-old went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 144/53 K/BB ratio over 166 2/3 innings on the season, but finished the season dealing with right elbow tightness and was held off of the postseason roster. While he'll have to prove his health first, Hammel looks to be one of the top starting pitchers available in the free agent market, so he should have plenty of suitors lining up to give him a multi-year deal.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 05:18:00 PM

Jason Hammel has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Reds due to right elbow tightness.

Hammel has looked off all month, and this might officially rule him out of the mix for the Cubs' postseason roster. A new starter for Friday has not been announced. The National League Central champs could make it a bullpen game at Great American Ball Park.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 03:33:00 PM

Jason Hammel was clobbered in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering six runs on six hits over his 2 1/3 innings.

The right-hander walked one and struck out two on the miserable afternoon. The Cardinals got to him early and often in this one, striking for four runs in the first frame and then adding on a run in each of the next two innings. Hammel is unlikely to be used in the postseason rotation and could be pitching his way off of the roster altogether for the NLDS. He'll try to get back on track on Friday when he takes on the Reds in Cincinnati.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Jason Hammel pitched seven innings of two-run ball in a win over the Reds on Monday.

Hammel was down 2-0 when he threw his last pitch, but the Cubs came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, putting him in line for the win. It's Hammel's 15th victory. He had never won more than 10 games previously, though he had won exactly 10 four times.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 10:57:00 PM

Jason Hammel struck out nine but allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

The Cardinals got to Hammel for a pair of two-run home runs, with the second, by Brandon Moss in the sixth inning, ending up being the difference in the game. The loss was Hammel's fourth in his last five outings, dropping him to 14-9 with a 3.60 ERA in 28 starts overall. The Brewers, who hammered the 34-year-old his last time out, are up next for Hammel on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Jason Hammel was battered by the Brewers on Tuesday, allowing 13 hits and nine runs -- eight earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in a loss.

The Brewers got to the right-hander for five runs in the first inning, and it only got mildly better from there. Hammel has now struggled mightily in three of his last four outings, perhaps showing some fatigue or perhaps just feeling the effects of regression rearing its ugly head. The loss dropped Hammel to 14-8 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 27 starts overall, and he'll look to stop the bleeding when the Cubs face off with the Cardinals on Monday.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 11:12:00 PM

Jason Hammel bounced back from his short start against the Dodgers to limit the Pirates to one run in six innings Wednesday.

The Cubs started Hammel on three days' rest in this one after he pitched just 2 1/3 innings last time out. He handled it nicely, allowing three hits, walking three and striking out six in his 14th win.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 12:31:00 AM

Jason Hammel struggled for a second straight start Saturday against the Dodgers, allowing three runs over 2 1/3 innings.

It was his shortest outing of the season. Hammel allowed a solo homer to Corey Seager in the first inning before giving up two runs in the third and getting the quick hook. He has now allowed 13 runs (nine earned) in 5 2/3 innings over his last two starts. He’ll attempt to bounce back next week against the Giants.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 07:44:00 PM