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.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.