Jason Hammel is still looking for a gig with spring training less than a month away, though he hasn’t been without offers.
Cafardo notes, however, that Hammel is expecting a deal for at least three years, which could explain the delay in finding a new club this winter.
The free-agent starter has had a surprisingly quiet market despite going 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs. Though he recorded a new career high in wins last season, Chicago elected not to name Hammel to its postseason roster, and allowed him to test free agency by rejecting his $12-million option for 2017.
It’s unclear if Seattle’s reported offer to Hammel is still on the table, though the Mariners may not have anymore room in their starting rotation after acquiring Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo in separate trades this offseason.