The file on Jason Hammel
Third time's a charm
Jason Hammel attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington. He was drafted three times by two major league teams -- the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round of the 2000 draft and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Rays failed to sign him in the 19th round of the 2001 draft, but was able to reach an agreement with the right hander in the 10th round of the 2002 draft.
Major league debut
Hammel made his major league debut with the Rays on April 11, 2006. He gave up seven earned runs, including a home run, on eight hits in three innings of work. The Rays fell to the Orioles 8-4, and Hammel was credited with the loss.
After spending his first three seasons with Tampa Bay (2006 - 09), where he made 28 starts, Hammel was shipped to the National League. The Rays dealt the 6-foot-6, 225-pound hurler to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Aneury Rodriguez on April 5, 2009.
Although Hammel spent three seasons with the Rockies, and pitched in the 2012 NLDS, he was moved for the second time in his career on Feb. 6, 2012. The Baltimore Orioles acquired him in exchange for pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. On Oct. 31, 2013, Hammel officially became a free agent. Four months later, the Chicago Cubs signed him to a one-year, $6 million deal.
Headed to Oakland
Hammel was traded by the Chicago Cubs with teammate Jeff Samardzija to the A's for Billy McKinney, top-shortstop prospect Addison Russell, Dan Straily, a player to be named later, and cash on July 4, 2014. The Cubs' former ace is expected to arrive in Oakland on Sunday, July 5, and is likely to make his first start against the Giants in the Battle of the Bay series.