If you have been following along recently, you may have noticed that Jason Hammel was not included in the three part series, “Cubs that Need to Go”, published this past weekend. In all likelihood, the Chicago Cubs will trade Jason Hammel at the trade deadline but there is a scenario in which keeping him makes a whole lot of sense. We will discuss that scenario tomorrow. Today, however, is why the Cubs need to cash in on Hammel.
All things considered, Jason Hammel has been the Cubs best pitcher in 2014. His numbers are good and unlike Jeff Samardzija, he has been able to win. Through 11 starts Hammel is 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA; his 6 wins lead the team. Jason Hammel’s situation is very similar to the Scott Feldman situation of 2013. Scott Feldman was signed by the Cubs before the 2013 season to a one year, low dollar deal, just like Hammel. Out of no where, Feldman dealt week in and week out and was the Cubs best pitcher for the first three months, just like Hammel. When the 2013 trade deadline came around the Cubs were in sell mode and were able to drum up a significant market for Feldman; sounds familiar. In the end, the Cubs sent Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. To date, one the best trades that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have made since joining the Cubs. As you probably know, Jake Arrieta has worked his way into the Cubs future plans for the starting rotation and Pedro Strop looks to be a fixture at the back end of the Cubs for the foreseeable future
Could the Cubs get a similar haul for Jason Hammel? Absolutely. When the Cubs traded Scott Feldman, he was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts. So far, Jason Hammel has been much better. The market will be different, simply because we are no longer in 2013, but there is always a strong market for quality starting pitching at the deadline. The Cubs can absolutely get a similar package for Hammel, especially since right now he looks like he is going to be one of the top three starters available. The Cubs need to cash in and get the pieces they need to compete in 2015 and beyond.
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