A notable member of the 2016 Cubs is hanging up his spikes.
Saturday, former Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel announced that he is retiring from baseball. Hammel, 36, was pitching for the Rangers in spring training.
Jason Hammel has informed the Rangers he is retiring— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) March 23, 2019
Hammel decided he needed to go and be with his family, something you could tell was weighing on his mind this spring. After 16 years as a pro, it sounds like family just took precedence.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) March 23, 2019
The move is somewhat surprising, as the Rangers announced Friday that Hammel made the team's Opening Day roster as a long reliever.
Hammel joined the Cubs ahead of the 2014 season on a one-year contract, and he pitched to a 2.98 ERA in 17 starts. However, the Cubs traded him and Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics that July for Addison Russell.
Following the 2014 season, Hammel re-joined the Cubs on a two-year contract. He proved to be a durable starter in 2015 (3.74 ERA, 31 starts) and in 2016 (3.83 ERA, 30 starts). He made just two postseason starts (both in 2015), though, surrendering a combined seven runs in just 4 1/3 innings.
The Cubs elected not to re-sign Hammel after their 2016 championship season, leading the right-hander to join the Royals on a two-year deal. He struggled with the Royals, finishing with a 5.59 ERA in 71 games (50 starts).