The Kansas City starting pitcher, per Spotrac, has a $9 million salary in 2018, followed by a 2019 mutual option for $12 million.
It remains to be seen if Kansas City will trade the starter.
However, Hammel did struggle to a 4.68 SIERA with Kansas City. He’s posting a career-low 37.8 ground ball percentage in 174.1 innings this season.
Kansas City could conceivably look to free up money by moving Hammel.
The Tigers could take on the starter’s contract while using him as a place holder in the rotation.
If Detroit acquired Hammel, the Tigers could simply decline the team’s end of the mutual option, allowing Hammel to become a free agent after 2018.
What’s more, the starter could become an eventual trade chip.
A consistent place in the rotation could allow the Tigers to build up Hammel’s trade value ahead of a July trade.