Jason Hammel wasn’t nearly as good after a mid-season trade to the Athletics, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a popular target in free agency.
Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal reports that Hammel has drawn interest from 12 teams. However, he’s not looking for a quick resolution. The thought is that he’ll likely wait to see how the market shakes out for the big-name pitchers on the market before signing with the team. Barbarisi sees the Yankees as a fit if they are unable to retain Brandon McCarthy.
After signing a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs last winter, Hammel began this season with a 2.98 ERA and 104/23 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings across 17 starts prior to being traded to the Athletics along with Jeff Samardizja in July. The 32-year-old faded to the tune of a 4.26 ERA in 12 starts and one relief appearance with Oakland, but he finished strong and his peripherals were still better than his career norms.