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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 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

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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

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

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

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PosRoleName
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2Drew Butera
3Brayan Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Samir Duenez
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Whit Merrifield
3Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Billy Burns
3Terrance Gore
RF1Jorge Soler
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
3Peter O'Brien
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Jake Junis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Matt Strahm
4Travis Wood
5Chris Young
6Scott Alexander
7Kevin McCarthy
8Al Alburquerque
9Brian Flynn
10Mike Minor
11Peter Moylan
12Seth Maness