Reports: Hammel returning to Windy City

A piece of the Cubs rotation is reportedly falling into place, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reporting that right-hander Jason Hammel is nearing a deal to return to Chicago.

MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat has confirmed that the deal is pending a physical and CSN‘s Patrick Mooney reported Monday afternoon that the terms of the agreement were for two years, $20 million guaranteed — $9 million in each of next two seasons with a $2 million buyout on a $12 million club option.

Hammel was dealt with Jeff Samardzija to the A’s in July, and is a free agent.

The 32-year-old was excellent in his 17 starts with the Cubs last year, going 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 108 2/3 innings. He and Samardzija were sent to Oakland on July 5 for Billy McKinney, Addison Russell, Dan Straily and a player to be named later. For the rest of the season, Hammel went 2-6 with a 4.26 ERA.

— Joey Nowak

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