According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Jason Hammel and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on two year contract with a guaranteed $16 million dollar salary.
Jason Hammel spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs serving as a solid middle of the rotation pitcher and now he will continue that role with the Royals. The Kansas City Royals were tasked with trying to rebuild their rotation as the team lost their start up and coming ace in Yordano Ventura two weeks ago in a tragic accident.
It is a real shocker that Jason Hammel was still available on the market heading into February. In an article by Chicago Now on the subject, says that the reason why the Cubs did not re-sign Hammel was due to the fact he is injured, but judging by the signing it seems he is ready to go for Opening Week. The placement of Jason Hammel in the Royals rotation will be interesting as the rotation has Duffy, I.Kennedy, J.Vargas and N.Karns in the fourth spot. The Royals also have Chris Young in the backend of their rotation and he is coming off a solid season in 2016.
The Kansas City Royals could ask Chris Young to move to the bullpen this coming season, but we will wait and see what the Royals do with six starters in their rotation heading into Spring Training.