|Cubs sign Jason Hammel|
by Mike Nester of NorthsidersReport.com, January 31, 2014 at 3:35 pm ET
Jason Hammel Profile
After missing out on Masahiro Tanaka and saying they were in the market for a starting pitcher, the Cubs signed former Baltimore Oriole Jason Hammel to a one-year deal worth a reported $6 million with incentives.
Hammel was the Orioles opening day starter in 2013 after going 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts in 2012 (118 IP, 1.237 WHIP) . He was unable to repeat that performance in 2013 as the went 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA allowing 22 homers in 139.1 innings.
Hammel provides the Cubs depth in the rotation as he's spent the past five years as part of a MLB rotation. He was a starter for three seasons with Colorado (2009-11), going 27-30 with a 4.63 ERA in 524 innings, working over 170 each year.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander features a fastball in the low 90s as well as a sinker, change-up, slider and curve. He primarily works the hard stuff with the slider his favorite breaking ball.
Hammel will join Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson and Jake Arietta as the projected opening day rotation. Also in the mix this spring are Carlos Villanueva, Justin Grimm, Brooks Raley, and Chris Rusin.