48-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Hammond in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Chris Hammond Contract Information:
Hammond cleared waivers and is now a free agent in July of 2006.
Hammond has cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
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Chris Hammond: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Chris Hammond.
Hammond continues to get lefties out, holding them to a .164 BAA in 2005. He'll fill a lefty-specialist for the Reds, but moving away from piching-friendly Petco Park could hurt his numbers.
With the A's last season, he missed six weeks with a strained pitching shoulder but still was 4-1 with a team-low 2.68 ERA out of the bullpen. Left-handed batters had a low .288 on-base percentage against him, and he allowed only four extra-base hits in 71 at-bats by left-handed hitters. The Padres went most of last season without any left-handed bullpen help and have now added two with the signing of Dennys Reyes earlier. Almost 39 years old, he'll be utilized regularly if he can come close to having a season similar to 2004.
Hammond was traded to the A's in December, where he'll likely have a bigger role than he did with the Yankees. Hammond's 2003 was fairly effective, but in the gleam of his 2002 numbers, it had the appearance of a letdown.
A former journeyman, Hammond last season became just the third pitcher this century to post a sub-1.00 ERA (minimum 70 IP). As incredible a feat as this was, his supporting numbers of 63/31 K/BB and 1.11 WHIP, while certainly good, don't come close to accounting for his historic ERA. Hammond's trick (besides a whole lot of luck) was allowing just one home run in 76 innings, something that he’ll never do again. His stellar season earned him a two-year, $4.6 million deal with the Yankees this fall where he should vulture a few wins and fill a left-handed setup role. Expect the 37-year old Hammond to revert back toward his career ERA of 4.25 this year.