The Chicago Cubs have agreed to contract terms with free agent starting pitcher Jason Hammel. The contract is reportedly worth one year and $6 million. The is the opportunity for Hammel to earn an additional $1 million in incentives.
2013 was a down year for Hammel and he is looking to prove he still has what it takes to contribute to a starting rotation. After joining the Baltimore Orioles during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns he struggled to stay healthy pitching only 139 and 118 innings respectively. Prior to joining the Orioles, Hammel pitched at least 170 innings per year from 2009-2011.
Hammel will likely attempt to prove his worth for the Cubs joining Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta. Not necessarily a rotation that breeds playoffs but the type of rotation a team in rebuilding mode can expect to field. If Hammel can rebuild his career in Chicago he might turn out to be the budget signing of 2014.