Jason Hammel signs with Cubs: reports
STAFF REPORT January 31, 2014 12:56PM
Jason Hammel was 7-8 in 23 starts for the Orioles in 2013. He fanned 96 and walked 48 in 1391⁄3 innings. | AP
Updated: January 31, 2014 9:52PM
Jason Hammel signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs, according to national reports.
The right-hander, who spent last season with the Baltimore Orioles, could earn an extra $1 million in incentives.
The Cubs would not confirm the report, pending Hammel passing a physical.
The 31-year-old veteran missed more than a month last season because of a strained right elbow. He was 7-8 (4.97 ERA) in 23 starts and three relief appearances.
The Cubs also filled out their rotation last season with a free agent. In November 2012, the team signed right-hander Scott Baker to a similar one-year, $5.5 million deal, though Baker was coming off a lost season after Tommy John surgery.
Baker ended up rehabbing almost all season before returning in September to make three starts (15 innings). Baker signed a minor-league contract with the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Hammel has 158 starts in 215 appearances over eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies and the Orioles.
Cubs pitchers and catchers will report to the team’s new Mesa, Ariz., training facility Feb. 13. The projected rotation includes Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson and Jake Arrieta.
Hammel probably will contend for the fifth spot with Carlos Villanueva, Chris Rusin and Justin Grimm.
The team has yet to reach a contract agreement with Samardzija, who has filed for salary arbitration.