The Chicago Cubs and veteran right handed pitcher Jason Hammel were able to agree to terms today, just five days away from having to report to Spring Training.
Sources: #Cubs in agreement with free-agent RHP Jason Hammel, pending a physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 31, 2014
Chicago’s starting rotation wasn’t all that terrible last year. Sure they had their moments (Edwin Jackson), but it wasn’t all that bad. They just struggled to keep leads, thanks to their bullpen. But we’ll save that for another day and article.
The terms of the contract have yet to be released, but this isn’t the first time the Cubs picked up a pitcher who struggled in his previous year. They’re hoping he can return to his 2012 form where he posted a 3.43 ERA.
Last year with the Baltimore Orioles, Hammel finished the year with a 4.97 ERA over 139 1/3 innings of work. It’s a low risk addition, but one that may frustrate Chicago Cubs fans. What’s the worst that could happen?
Spring Training needs to hurry up.