Another Cub instrumental in the World Series run is headed to Kansas City. Free-agent pitcher Jason Hammel and the Royals have agreed on a two-year, $16 million deal. The Cubs fifth starter in 2016, Hammel became a free agent when the Cubs declined the team’s $12 million option for 2017 back in November. The 34-year-old made 30 starts for the World Series champs, posting a 15-10 mark with a 3.83 ERA over 166.2 innings. Most of his stats were above his career numbers but he was left off the playoff roster due to the Cubs not needing a fifth starter. Chicago has left-handers Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson in a spring training battle for the fifth spot.
Caribbean World Series
Venezuela (3-1) scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to rally for the 4-3 win and send the Dominican Republic (0-4) home without a win in round-robin play. Former Cub Ronny Cedeno doubled home a run in the 8th and Rene Reyes added a two-run homer......Cuba hit a pair of homers in the four-run fourth and got 8.2 shutout innings from Vladimir Banos in the 4-0 win over Mexico (3-1). Alfredo Despaigne smacked a three-run, two-two out bomb and William Saavedra followed with a solo shot.......Mexico (3-1) and Cuba (3-1) are back on the diamond while Venezuela (3-1) faces Puerto Rico (0-4) in the semi-finals of the series. The winners will meet on Tuesday.