Cubs Sign Jason Hammel

In the move that anyone could have predicted once the Cubs missed out on Tanaka, they have come to terms on a deal with RHP Jason Hammel.  The 31-year old hasn't had much of a career to-date between Tampa, Colorado and Baltimore (94 ERA+), but his stuff has always been heralded and he did have a very nice 2012 for the Orioles(123 ERA+).  It'll be another hopeful reclamation project for the Cubs and they did quite well with Paul Maholm and Scott Feldman, so here's hoping the streak stays alive.

It appears they'll head into 2014 with a rotation of Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson, Hammel and most likey Jake Arrieta with Carlos Villanueva, Kyle Hendricks, Justin Grimm, Brett Marshall, Chris Rusin and Brooks Raley all in the mix as well, along with I'm sure a few other surprise guests.

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Reed Johnson now a Marlin. Manny Corpas once again a Rockie.

40 man roster was full prior to this. Do they wait 2 weeks to make this official and put Fujikawa on the 60 day DL or bump someone now?

Physicals can easily take 2-3 weeks :)

A club has up to 20 days to file a contract with the MLB office once a free-agent player signs, the player does not have to be added to the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) until the contract is actually filed, and an injured or rehabbing player can be placed on the 60-day DL after the start of Spring Training, so I would think it is a virtual lock that Kyuji Fujikawa (2013 TJS rehab) will be placed on the 60-day DL when Hammel is added to the 40-man roster. 

Also, as a post-2013 Article XX-B FA who signed a major league contract after 11:59 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series, Jason Hammel gets an automatic "no trade" right through June 15th. (Same goes for Jose Veras). He can waive this right, but if he does he can be traded for cash and/or player contracts with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000.

BTW, if an Article XX-B FA signs a minor league contract he does not receive the automatic "no trade" right through June 15th, even if the player is subsequently added to an MLB 40-man roster. This variance would apply to Jonathan Sanchez if he is added to the Cubs 40-man roster, because Sanchez was an Article XX-B FA who signed a minor league contract.

"few other surprise guests"

Buddy Hacket and Lola Falana.

http://www.toocool2betrue.com/wp-content/uploads/2... for the Buddy Hackett reference alone

"few other surprise guests"

James McDonald, formerly a Bucco starter, gets a Cub minor league deal and a spring training invite (per Bruuce Springsteen Levine)...something of a McDonald upgrade over Darnell.

McDonald will see Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas on Tuesday for confirmation of diagnosis of the source of his shoulder discomfort by team doctors. McDonald declined to disclose that diagnosis, characterizing it as premature.

If Dr. Meister's findings differ, McDonald plans to seek a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Otherwise, he will turn his attention to curing the condition that has ailed him all year.

from June 2013. Mystery pitching shoulder tightness...was on the Pirates DL from 4-28-13 until they DFA'd him on 9-7-13, cleared waivers and wasn't picked up until now.

"I'm eager to find out just what's going on," said McDonald, who conceded that he hasn't felt right, even while he was part of the Pirates' regular rotation through April. "At the beginning, there really was no pain, it just felt different. Then when it started to hurt, I thought, 'There's something wrong. We've got to look at this.'"

James McDonald is Darnell McDonald's cousin. 

EIEIO

Daniel Bard nearing deal with Rangers and just underwent Thoracic outlet surgery on 1-2-14.

Same surgery as the non-Cub Chris Carpenter underwent.

https://twitter.com/JeffWilson_FWST/status/4293903...

older article, but seems to be mixed bag on results, I think Josh Beckett and Shaun Marcum are some more recent ones.

http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2011/04/could_yankees_pitcher_phil_h...

Hope for CJ Edwards?

http://splashurl.com/kuz6kzs

cool article

on a sidenote, whatever splashurl.com is, please delete it from your computer/bookmarks/existence

I just copied the address from the address bar and turns it into that.

Does that on all of my web address copies.

/computer illiterate
http://splashurl.com/kb2yzm2= cub reporter

didn't mean to come off so harsh, the Maddux article took you to an ad first then the article, but doesn't seem to be doing it now.

~shrug~

looks like some browser extension you installed or installed itself.

 

no problem

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24426100/astros-pitching-pr...

 

Mark Appel had emergency appendectomy on 1-30, Thursday. 

Probably not much impact but who knows. Look at the season Adam Dunn had after his appy in 2011.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/adam-dunn-worst-season-for-a-good-player-...

37yo michael young retires and it's all interviews, press conferences, and coverage about the surprise after a weak ending to his career.

36yo will clark retired and not many cared after putting up .418 ob%, 21hr, 30 doubles to end his career (also the guy who destroyed the cubs in the 89 playoffs, btw).

meh. increased media presence era and all that...etc...still it's kinda odd to see how much coverage m.young is getting even for a slow day in the offseason.

Does that mean that there won't be any Michael Young to the Cubs rumors? Or is there still hope?

emilio bonifacio, recently DFA'd, probably gets to take that over...for now.

there's always the hope of a mid-season trade for brian roberts, too.

How dare you beat me to the obligatory B-Rob joke!

How terrible is Bonifacio at 2B?

quite terrible, though teams will probably keep giving him part-time work at 2nd/3rd.

I need silly rumors. I saw Cesar Izturis signed with somebody, so an encore there is out of the question.

looking at the roster...especially if olt breaks with the team...it doesn't seem much is left aside from minor league deals.

they scored a nice coup with j.mcdonald on a minors deal even if it doesn't work out. at the very least he can take over for j.hammels when/if he's traded if grimm doesn't (or if grimm is moved to a pen role, which he excelled in at the end of season last year).

Ya, I know. It was really quite a stirring offseason.

McDonald might be helpful in the bullpen. It's not like we're hoping Shaun Camp has continued success.

The Super Bowl is an important date. The minute that stupid game is over...my brain officially declares: "Baseball Up Next"

Exactly!

Puppy Bowl X!!!

find this man a job...

<lockquote>Former Cubs and Dodgers reliever Carlos Marmol is out of work but says he is not worried about finding a big league job.</lockquote>

 

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140201&content_id=67365064&not...

The Cuba Shuffle... (revised from 1985 bears)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPH5pv2K0e4

Jeez, what was the big deal? Did his Dominican lawyer yell out just after he swung the bat, "you're coming to America"?

c.lim re-signs...minor league deal

How about Nelson Cruz on a one year deal? Or would that block Sweeney, Ruggiano, Schierholtz, and Jackson?

seems Mariners and O's will give him a multi-year deal at some point. If he's willing to take a 1-year deal, I imagine Cubs may have take a look although draft pick loss might deter them.

Ah, the draft pick. Never mind.

Was looking at Jason Hammel's page and noticed that last year most of his peripherals are in line with career norms, except HR/9, and I'd guess that if he can get that back down to his career average, he could keep his ERA closer to 4.00 than to 5.00.

So it seems to me the Cubs have 5 players who look for significant rebounds this year and from whom we can expect improvement over their 2013 performances, from most improvement to least: Edwin Jackson, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Hammel, Darwin Barney.

But then I wondered who are the players we should expect to regress. I think that's these guys, again from most to least regression in 2014: Travis Wood, Donnie Murphy, Nate Schierholtz, Junior Lake, Ryan Sweeney.

Who did I miss?

beyond the numbers, hammels has excellent stuff and a variety of it...he just hasn't "put it together" even though he's got a little age on him.

as far as gambles of stuff vs upside for a guy with his experience, he's a decent gamble...then again, so is/was edwin jackson.

Samardzija's FIP and xFIP were significantly lower than his ERA last year, which suggests room to improve (well, regress to his mean, in a good way) in 14...

Good point. I think his control could get a bit more consistent. I guess I'd put him ahead of Hammel and Barney on the above list, but behind Jackson, Castro, and Rizzo for amount of improvement I'm expecting over 2013 performance.

does Junior Lake have a big enough sample size to consider it a regression?

breaking balls from RHP's will be his regression...

You could definitely ask the same of Sweeney and Murphy, but I guess what I mean is that you expect their rate stats to be less impressive in 2014, if they get enough PAs.

I don't know if it's just my optimism, but it seems to me there is a lot more room for rebound/progression on this 2014 roster than there is room for regression barring serious injuries of course.

twins 28 seems extremely harsh (especially ranking worse than the cubs)...wsox at 26 seems harsh, too (i have faith in j.abreu).

at worst, i'd put both closer to the middle of the pack.

Kenny? Is that you?

well someone is always going to surprise in either direction, but seems like a very solid methodology in ranking them.

Dead-lastros, again, ouch.

I think we all learned a valuable lesson today, don't let Carrie Muskat fill out the lineup card.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140203&content_id=673...

New manager Rick Renteria has yet to write out a lineup card but here's a guess:

SS Starlin Castro

2B Darwin Barney

1B Anthony Rizzo

LF Junior Lake

RF Nate Schierholtz

C Welington Castillo

3B Luis Valbuena

CF Ryan Sweeney /Justin Ruggiano

P Jeff Samardzija

Jose Veras is projected as the closer. In the bullpen, Hector Rondon and James Russell are the primary setup pitchers.

as long as they keep stacking up seasons of talent like this, renteria+cubs might as well put all the kids up top to get them the most ABs so they're useful when actually needed.

not really...but what difference would any lineup make anyway in a year where finishing below .500 is pretty much universally expected before game 1 of the season gets played?

meh. the fact it could be legitimately argued as a strategy going forward rather than a joke is kinda sad.

Even if that were the rationale, you'd be better off batting Sweeney or Lake near the top and keeping Barney at the bottom of the lineup. He's as on his way off the team as just about anyone on the roster, except for the vets on 1-year deals.

I think you're right in that the Cubs lineup is going to be a total bore until Rizzo and Castro rebound and the Cubs find a 3B and a 2B out of Olt, Baez, Alcantara, and Villanueva.

former Cub, Jerome Williams signs a 1yr with Astros.

yikes...the Dr makes a ghost appearance?

And so does the other, less-useful doctor.

 

:)

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 3 hours 31 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 4 hours 36 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 5 hours 49 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 6 hours 6 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 6 hours 54 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 11 hours 45 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 59 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 13 hours 3 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 14 hours 21 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 21 hours 34 min ago view