CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms that the Cubs have agreed to a deal with right-hander Jason Hammel. Heyman adds that the one-year contract will pay Hammel $6 million for 2014 with the opportunity to make another $1 million in incentives.
Hammel, 31, pitched to a 4.97 ERA (85 ERA+) and 2.00 K/BB ratio in 139 1/3 innings for the Orioles last season. Of his 26 appearances, 23 were starts. He missed more than a month because of an elbow strain. For his career, Hammel owns an ERA+ of 94 across parts of eight major-league seasons.
Hammel may slot in at the back end of the Cubs' rotation, but it's worth noting that he does have 57 career relief appearances.