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MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers, New York Yankees In For Free Agent Jason Hammel

By Mizgan
on Jan 11, 2017 12:12 PM EST
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Jason Hammel #39 of the Chicago Cubs walks to the dugout at the end of the first inning after giving up four runs to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on September 24, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo : Jon Durr/GettyImages)

Teams in Major League Baseball are already making a final push heading into the spring training. The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are also looking to shake things with bit of squad rotation, with both being linked to free agent Jason Hammel.

Hammel had an up and down season with the Chicago Cubs last time around. However, the 34-year old managed to keep his spot despite heavy squad rotation, showing that he can still contribute to the contending teams in the league.

Apparently his performance wasn't that eye-catching, the veteran getting considerable amount of interest from other teams proves his quality. The Rangers have a close-eye on the player.

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

According to the MLB report, Hammel is an intriguing option for the Rangers. If they come in common terms with the veteran, it will be a huge boost for them as the team will get a pitcher who knows how to handle the pressure without much spending.

However, pushing for Hammel will not be easy for the Rangers, several teams are vying for the veteran right-hander, including the New York Yankees.

The team from New York will head into the next season with loads of question marks around their rotation policy. Masahiro Tanaka will still be their ace pitcher as told by the club officials, with Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia behind him. There were reports suggesting Tanaka's trade if he signifies interest in leaving the Yankees at the end of next season.

The Yankees have also shown significant interest in Hammel, latest reports suggest that New York could also polish their problems with trades. But GM Brian Cashman said they are all but ready to start the next season with same set of rosters. 

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