Cubs agree to sign Jason Hammel

Scott Cunningham

Chicago hopes to cash in on one of the market's buy-low starters.

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms with free agent starter Jason Hammel, as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. The deal is pending a physical. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that it's a one-year deal for $6 million in base salary, plus another $1 million in incentives.

Hammel, 31, spent the last two seasons with the Orioles after being traded by the Rockies in 2012.

When healthy, Hammel can be an effective starter. He doesn't put up flashy stats -- career 4.80 ERA -- but his park- and league-adjusted ERA totals from the past suggest he's been a victim of some bad luck. He spent the biggest chunk of his career with the Rockies, and the hitter-friendliness of Coors Field took its toll on his ERA.

Hammel has struggled with injuries consistently over the last few seasons, and has never pitched 200 innings in a single season. His most successful campaign, 2012, was cut short due to knee surgery: He had a 3.43 ERA in 118 innings that year for Baltimore. Last year, he was the Orioles Opening Day starter, but he managed only 139⅓ innings due to an injury to his pitching elbow.

The Cubs' rotation could still undergo major changes this offseason if Jeff Samardzija is dealt, but as it stands now, Chicago will feature him along with Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson, Hammel, and another former Oriole in Jake Arrieta. Carlos Villanueva could enter into the discussion as well, and would almost certainly be given an opportunity for multiple starts if Samardzija is moved.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Fanfest Nation: Pursuing "access" and game-worn pants

Lance Berkman and the Hall of Fame: An argument based on ignorance

Who’s at fault? Burnett or the Pirates?

Byron Buxton tops Keith Law’s prospect rankings

2014 MLB salary arbitration tracker

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.