Da Windy City noted on Friday that there were reports surfacing that suggested that the Chicago Cubs will soon deal starting pitcher Jason Hammel. On Saturday, a report surfaced from the Chicago Sun Times that would seem to add credence to the idea of the Cubs trading Hammel soon.
According to a report from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times, sources expect that Hammel will be traded to the Seattle Mariners.
In Wittenmyer’s report, it is noted that the Cubs have already engaged in trade discussions involving Hammel as well as starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Wittenmyer also noted that the Cubs have received trade offers from at least two teams. Among the teams mentioned in Wittenmyer’s report are the Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Braves.
The price for Hammel won’t be nearly as high as the price for Samardzija. That is the main reason why the Cubs want to trade Hammel soon. By trading Hammel now, the Cubs could then set the market for Samardzija.
The Mariners have several notable pitching prospects in their system. At the top of that list is right handed pitcher Taijuan Walker. Walker was mentioned in trade discussions this winter when the Mariners were toying with the idea of trading for Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitcher David Price. Walker likely is too high of a prospect for the Cubs to seek for Hammel.
Though, left-handed pitching prospect Danny Hultzen could be a target for the Cubs in a trade of Hammel to the Mariners.
In any trade, the Cubs will be seeking impact pitching prospects.