Although Hammel doesn't have a reputation as a top-of-the-rotation starter, he would've quietly worked his way into the mix as one of the most sought-after free-agent pitchers next offseason had he continued doing what he did in his first season with the O's in 2012 (3.43 ERA, 118 IP, 104 H, 42 BB, 113 K in 20 starts). cheap nike nfl jerseys,wholesale jerseys cheap
But after nine starts, the 30-year-old right-hander is looking more like the pre-2012 version. This isn't necessarily a bad thing—Hammel had a 4.99 ERA, 3/1 BB/9 and 6.2 K/9 in 732 innings between 2006 and 2011, with most of those innings coming at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
It just means he's more than likely going to get the "back-of-the-rotation" contract in free agency, which is closer to $6-7 million over two to three years as opposed to the four years and $40 million he'd command otherwise.