Report: Jason Hammel has drawn interest from 12 teams

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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.

Brewers sign Freddy Peralta to a multi-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.

Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.

If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.