MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers, New York Yankees Interested in Free Agent Jason Hammel

By James Johansson, Posted: 01/10/17 05:00PM EST
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The New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers are reportedly interest in signing free agent pitcher Jason Hammel to boost their respective rotations for the 2017 MLB season.(Photo : Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball teams are already making a final push heading into Spring Training. The Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees are still looking to improve their rotation, with both teams linked to Jason Hammel.

Hammel had an up-and-down season for the Chicago Cubs last year. However, the 34-year-old still managed to maintain his spot in the rotation, proving that he can still contribute significantly to contending teams.

While his performance last season was not too eye-catching, the veteran pitcher is still getting interest. The Rangers are one of teams keeping an eye on Hammel, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported.

Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish have secured spot in the rotation. On the other hand, Martin Perez, Andrew Cashner and AJ Griffin might lose their spot if the Rangers manage to sign another starter before Spring Training kicks off.

According to the report, Hammel is an intriguing option for the Rangers. If they come to terms with the 11-year veteran, they will get a veteran pitcher who knows how to handle pressure without overspending.

However, acquiring Hammel is not expected to be a walk in the park for the Rangers. Several teams might also make a late push to sign the right hander, including the Yankees.

The Yankees will head into the 2017 MLB season with a lot of questions surrounding their rotation. Masahiro Tanaka will still be their ace pitcher, with Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia behind him. There were also reports suggesting that Tanaka might be traded if he signifies interest in leaving the Yankees after next season.

The Yankees have signified interest in signing Hammel, MLB Network insider Bryan Hoch revealed. Hoch added that the Yankees might also sign another reliever. New York could also address their need through trades, but GM Brian Cashman said that they are ready to start the season with their current roster.

"Realistically, the trade front has been the more active conversation - not that there's anything pending - and I do believe that we're at 99 percent-plus that what we have is what we're going to camp with," Cashman said via New York Daily News. "But you have to continue to stay engaged."



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