Cubs News: Free-agent pitcher Jason Hammel nearing deal to return to Chicago

Free-agent starting pitcher Jason Hammel is nearing a deal to return to the Chicago Cubs after being traded to the Oakland Athletics in the middle of the 2014 MLB season, per sources cited by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Hammel signed a one-year contract last season for $6 million, but is currently expected to command a multi-year deal in the three-year range.

There are no exact details about the potential signing at this moment, so length of contract and financials remains up in the air as of this writing.

The 32-year-old Hammel pitched to a 3.47 ERA with a very solid 158/44 K/BB ratio in 176.1 innings between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics. He was shipped to the Athletics in early July along with ace Jeff Samardzija for super-prospect Addison Russell, Dan Straily, and Billy McKinney.

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