According to a report from Fox Sports 1, the Cleveland Indians have entered the host stove season. The Indians have been reported as having spoken to representatives for free agent starting pitcher Jason Hammel. The right hander spent last season with the Baltimore Orioles. The Indians have lost both Scott Kazmir (Oakland Athletics) and while Ubaldo Jimenez is still a free agent, he rejected the Indians’ qualifying offer and is going to sign elsehwere. The Indians have some young arms including Danny Salazer and Trevor Bauer but are looking at pitchers for their rotation as well as their bullpen.
Hammel, 31, has spent the past two seasons with Baltimore after a pair of three year stints with the Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay Rays. This past season Hammel threw 139.1 innings in 23 games with a WHIP of 1.49 with 96 strike outs, 48 walks, and an ERA of 4.97. Hammel finished the season with a 7-8 record with a save. His WAR ended up being exactly 0.0 after a career high of 2.8 during the 2012 season where he also had a career best WHIP of 1.24 and an era of 3.43.