LA Detective wrote: I think we could get him for the same Guthurie got or less. 3yrs for the low-mid 20s. I really think he will have a AS caliber year. 210ip, low 3 ERA and 17 wins..Those type of numbers could get him 3 yrs for 40m.
rudyrooster wrote:I think if the O's were going to "extend" Hammel they would have done so THIS off-season. I can only guess that they are looking at 2014 as the year of Bundy and Gausman moving to the forefront of the rotation, thus making Hammel not worth the money it would cost to retain him. Personally, I would love to see the O's extend him another 2 years at say around $16-$18m. I don't see that happening. They HAVE extended O'Day and chosen NOT to extend Hammel. That speaks volumes! It's certainly a conundrum the team is facing now. Let's say Hammel has at least a "decent" season this year--if the O's are out of the playoff hunt at the trade deadline then Hammel will be traded and the O's will at least get something in return for him. On the other hand, if the team is still in the playoff hunt they would likely not trade Hammel if he is indeed pitching well. He then walks away into free agency and the O's would probably thank him for his service to the team and not "pony up" the money (and years) he will require on the open market. An interesting situation indeed...
If he has a good season and we don't see the need to resign him then we will probably make him a qualifying offer and get a draft pick. It's win-win situation.
Seafordeagles wrote:Or it could be a case like Kyle Lohse and Michael Bourn where teams want to protect their draft picks.
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