Found February 01, 2014 on Sports Rivals and Trash Talk:
CHICAGO – Pending a physical examination, the Chicago Cubs have offered a one year, $6 million dollar deal to free-agent pitcher Jason Hammel.  Chicago has not formally confirmed this announcement. In 2012, Hammel accumulated an 8-6 record last with the Baltimore Orioles.  He pitched 118 innings over twenty starts, posting a 3.43 ERA.    On 2013, his season record fell to 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA.  The 31 year-old spent 2009 through the 2011 season with Colorado Rockies where he appeared at the beck end of their rotation.  Over the majority of his big league career, spent between the Rays, Rockies, and Orioles, he amassed a 49-59 record and a cumulative 4.80 ERA. The Cubs will begin their spring training on February 13th in Mesa, Arizona.  Early indicators appear that the starting rotation will consist of Jeff Samardzjia, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson and Jake Arrieta . Those also in coming to camp and vying for a position in the rotation include Chris Rusin, Justin Grimm, and Carlos Villanueva. This story was reported by Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) on   Related articles Cubs reportedly add rotation help in Hammel Cubs agree to sign Jason Hammel Reports: Cubs agree to deal with SP Hammel The post Cubs Bolster Pitching – Hammel Signed for One Year appeared first on Sports Rivals And Trash Talk.

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