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Cubs agree to terms with RHPs Hammel, McDonald

Hammel

The Cubs added RHP Jason Hammel to the rotation today. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty)

At their first press conference at new Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz., Cubs president Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer announced they have signed right-handed pitchers Jason Hammel and James McDonald to 2014 contracts.

Hammel, 31, is 49-59 with four saves and a 4.80 ERA in 215 major league appearances (158 starts) with Tampa Bay (2006-08), Colorado (2009-11) and Baltimore (2012-13). He has pitched primarily as a starter in the last five years and is 42-43 with a 4.60 ERA in 130 starts during that span. Hammel also has a pair of 10-win seasons to his credit (2009-10) and has made 20 or more starts in each of the last five seasons, including two years with 30 or more starts.

In his first season with Baltimore in 2012, 6-foot-6, 225-pound pitcher went 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts to help the Orioles to their first postseason appearance in 15 years, earning starts in Game 1 and Game 5 of the American League Division Series vs. the New York Yankees (0-1, 3.18 ERA). Hammel was also a finalist in the MLB Fan Vote for the last spot on the American League All-Star team. He followed up by going 7-8 with one save and a 4.97 ERA in 26 appearances, all but three as a starter, with Baltimore in 2013.

McDonald, 29, is 32-30 with a 4.20 ERA in 131 major league appearances (82 starts) with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-10) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2010-13). In his most recent full major league season in 2012, McDonald went 12-8 with a 4.21 ERA in 30 appearances (29 starts), setting a career high in wins a year after making a career-high 31 starts in 2011. He was limited to only six starts last year (2-2, 5.76 ERA) due to right shoulder discomfort.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound McDonald broke into the big leagues with the Dodgers in 2008 at the age of 23 and split the next three seasons between the majors and minors before enjoying his first full big league campaign in 2011. He was the Dodgers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

This pair of moves gives the team added rotation depth, which will come in handy early in the season. The team also announced that starter Jake Arrieta has experienced minor shoulder discomfort and is unlikely to start the year on the roster.

Does this mean spring is almost here?

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Well, not quite, but Cubs fans can get a head start on their planning for 2010 spring training with the full game schedule announced today.

The Cubs will be playing 15 home games and 18 road games in Arizona starting on March 4 against the Athletics. The final two games of the exhibition schedule (April 2-3) will be against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Individual game tickets for home spring training games at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz., will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. CST. You can purchase them online at cubs.com or by calling (800) 905-3315.

Season tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. CST and can be purchased by calling (480) 964-4467. Group tickets can be purchased the next morning by using the same number.

If you have any additional questions, contact our friends down in Mesa directly: info2010@mesahohokams.com. Or you can call the HoHoKam Park information line at (480) 644-4451.

Read on for the full spring training schedule.

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