Cubs decline Jason Hammel’s 2017 option

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The Cubs announced on Sunday that it declined the 2017 club option worth $12 million, instead buying him out for $2 million. Hammel is now a free agent.

In a statement, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said of Hammel, “He was an effective, reliable starter the entire time he was a Cub, and this year he was an integral part of one of the best rotations in club history.”

Hammel, 34, made 30 starts for the Cubs this past season, going 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA with a 144/53 K/BB ratio over 166 2/3 innings.