Cubs sign Jason Hammel

The Cubs made their first move of the Winter Meetings signing starting pitcher Jason Hammel to a two-year deal worth a reported $18 million. The Cubs and Hammel agreed to a one-year contract in 2014 and the right-hander was traded to Oakland with Jeff Samardzija for prospects Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily.

Jason Hammel is coming back to the Chicago.

The Cubs have yet to confirm but numerous reports have the North Siders and the right-hander agreeing to a two-year deal worth $18 million and a club option for a third year.

Hammel signed a one-year $6 million deal last off-season and was impressive in his 17 starts for the Cubs, going 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA. He fanned 104 hitters in 108 innings with a 1.02 WHIP. After being traded to Oakland, the 32-year-old made 12 starts but went 2-6 with a 4.26 ERA in 67.2 innings. He got off to a rough start with Oakland allowing 18 earned runs in his first 17 innings but was solid down the stretch in September with a 2.20 ERA in five games (28.2 IP, .198 BAA, 27 K, 3 BB).

Hammel has a fastball in the low 90s and a slider that sits in the mid-80s in his pitching arsenal. He also throw a sinker in the low 90s and mixes is a curve and change.

Hammel joins a 2015 rotation headed by Jake Arrieta and includes right-handers Kyle Hendricks, Edwin Jackson, Jacob Turner, Dan Straily and Dallas Beeler along with lefties Tsuyoshi Wada, Travis Wood, Felix Doubront and Eric Jokisch.

A 10th round pick by the Rays in 2002, made his MLB debut for Tampa in 2006. He was traded to Colorado before the start of the 2009 season and went 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA for the Rockies in 176 innings. Hammel spent four season in Colorado before being traded to the Orioles where he spent the 2012-13 seasons. In 245 big league games, 187 as a starter, Hammel has tossed 1,165 innings with a career 2.8 BB/9, 6.8 K/9, and a 1.39 WHIP.

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