According to multiple reports, the Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent RHP Jason Hammel. Jon Heyman and Jeff Passan reported the deal includes a $6 million base with $1 million incentives package.
Ken Rosenthal indicated the deal is pending a physical and is not official.
Jason Hammel was 7-8 in 26 games, 23 starts, for the Orioles last season with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. In 139 1/3 innings, Hammel gave up 155 hits with 48 walks and 96 strikeouts. The Cubs appear to be looking at Hammel as another Scott Feldman-Paul Maholm signing.
The veteran right hander was thought to be looking for a three-year contract but most of the teams interested in Jason Hammel were looking at signing him to a one-year contract since he has dealt with injuries the past two seasons. Hammel had with a forearm injury and a possible right flexor mass strain last season.
The 31-year old Hammel posted a 15-14 record over two seasons with Orioles. In 46 games, 43 starts, Hammel ended up with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
The Cubs have not announced the signing and will have to make a roster move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Hammel. The Cubs’ big league roster currently stands at 40 players.
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