Jason Hammel is headed to the Royals, according to multiple reports.
Hammel, who won 15 games for the Cubs in 2016, agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract Sunday that includes a mutual option for a third year, per reports. The club has not made the move official, as it is pending a physical. Should Hammel pass, which he’s expected Cheap Discount Jerseys to, then he’ll become a Royal.
Hammel helps fill in the Royals’ rotation after the sudden loss of Yordano Ventura, who was killed in a car accident last month. With spring training looming, Hammel was the best free-agent pitcher left on the market.
The 34-year-old right-hander went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts for the World Series-winning Cubs last season. After the season, the Cubs declined a $12 million option on Hammel, making him a free agent.
But he also left a couple of those fastballs over too much of the plate, and two of them were sent screaming over the wall for no-doubt home runs — one by rehabbing Jackie Bradley Jr., and one by former Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez. That two guys with extensive MLB experience hit the home runs should be noted, because mistakes in the bigs get mashed. That’s one of the things Giolito is working on now, before he begins his full-time career in the majors.