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Jason Hammel is looking for three or four years

Dec 9, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent right-hander Jason Hammel is looking for a three- or four-year deal in free agency. This is an excellent market for starting pitching, with Phil Hughes and Scott Feldman both recently receiving three-year deals, but it’s not that good.

While Hammel was one of the Orioles’ best starters in 2012, he disappointed to the tune of a 4.97 ERA over 23 starts and three relief appearances this past season. The 31-year-old had a stint on the disabled list due to right forearm tightness and saw his strikeout rate drop from 8.6 K/9 to 6.2 K/9.

Hammel figures to draw interest as a buy-low type, but finding a multi-year deal to his liking figures to prove difficult. Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reported earlier this afternoon that the Orioles have interest in bringing him back on an incentive-laden deal.

UPDATE: Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors hears that 12 teams are interested in Hammel. He hasn’t received any offers, but teams have discussed “one-year concepts.”

  1. mike4595 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    meanwhile, in related news, Jason Hammel must be smoking dope…

  2. mmeyer3387 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Hammel does have some upside. While he’s never going to be a the ace of the staff. There is some good talent. In his first season with the Orioles he had a very good year. His biggest short-coming is that he has been prone to injuries. But when healthy he has the talent to be a good fourth or maybe third pitcher. Additionally, he is a pitcher that could help eat innings and go deep into the game. Most any team could use a dependable veteran of his skill set.This begs the question, how much is he worth?

  3. blovy8 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I’m looking for three or four years, too. But the calendar only serves me the bitter truth that those years are not coming back.

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