12 Teams In On Jason Hammel

12 teams are currently in on free agent righty Jason Hammel, MLBTR has learned.  Though he has yet to receive an offer, teams have discussed one-year concepts so far.  There is a sense that three guaranteed years would garner serious consideration, but one year could be preferable to two.  

Essentially, Hammel could be on the Scott Feldman plan.  Feldman took a one-year, $6MM deal from the Cubs in November of 2012, pitched well and was traded midseason, and recently landed a three-year, $30MM deal from the Astros.  The Astros still seem a logical fit for Hammel this winter even after signing Feldman, while the Indians have recently been connected.

Hammel, 31, scuffled in 2013 after a strong but abbreviated 2012 campaign for Baltimore.  He earned the Orioles' Opening Day nod this year, but hit the DL in late July with inflammation in his ulnar nerve.  After a cortisone injection, he returned in September, spending some time in the bullpen.  Overall, he pitched to a 4.97 ERA in 139 1/3 frames, seeing his strikeout and groundball rates dip while his walk and home run rates spiked.

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