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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  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

    johann 1 min 6 sec ago view
  • CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now. 

    LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.  

    RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.   

    Arizona Phil 9 min 49 sec ago view
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 37 min 53 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 59 min 40 sec ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 6 hours 8 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 7 hours 45 min ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 7 hours 50 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 11 hours 50 min ago view
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 12 hours 37 min ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 13 hours 11 min ago view