Old Friend Jason Hammel Makes the Rangers … and Then Retires

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Old Friend Jason Hammel Makes the Rangers … and Then Retires

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Since departing the Cubs (the second time), it was an ugly couple years for Jason Hammel. The now 36-year-old righty put up back-to-back 5+ ERA seasons for the Royals, and then had to try to win a job with the Rangers this Spring via a minor league deal.

But the thing is, he did it! Just yesterday, the Rangers revealed that Hammel had made the team!

… and now he’s retiring:

It seems Hammel was on the fence the whole time about continuing his career, and something about looking ahead to the season must have finalized for him that it was time to hang ’em up. (I would make a joke about the Rangers not likely being in playoff contention this year, but maybe that actually was a factor.)

Congrats to Hammel on a great career, which includes a World Series ring with the 2016 Cubs.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.