Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/30/14
Free agent starting pitcher Jason Hammel represents a good value at this point in the off-season. While high-profile guys like Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are still holding out for big money, Hammel will likely be willing to settle for a lower deal as he tries to re-establish his value. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Hammel has had conversations with a number of teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, and that he might make a decision soon: I’ve been told there are a handful of teams that have shown legitimate interest in Hammel – the Orioles are considered to be one — and he is closing in on a decision. However, since the Orioles don’t have a guaranteed spot in the rotation for Hammel – especially if they sign someone else – you’d think he’d go elsewhere because he’s always preferred starting over relieving.” In 139.1 innings in 2013, there were some concerning drop-offs for Hammel. From 2012 to 2013, his K/9 dropped from 8.62 to 6.20. His FIP climbed from 3.29 to 4.93.
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