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NL Central: Cubs decline option on Hammel

See what’s going on in the National League Central.

St Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

While the city of Chicago and Cubs fans around the country are still reeling from the team’s curse crushing World Series victory less than a week ago, not everyone is celebrating. The Cubs have declined the $10M club option for Jason Hammel.

Instead, the Cubbies will pay Hammel’s $2M buyout. The 27-year old RHP is now a free agent, although Theo Epstein hinted at the potential of Hammel returning sometime in the future.

Trying the relive that final out every morning for the rest of your life? Allow us to help.

The Cubs indulged in another American tradition coming off of their historic win: getting screen time on Saturday Night Live.

Here’s what else is happening in the National League Central:

Mike Matheny is very controversial amongst Cardinals fans. But where do you stand on his management of bullpen? All of the takes, extra spicy just for you.

Cincinnati is set to trade John Lamb to Tampa Bay.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted Florimon, Phillips, and Stallings. Ouch.

David Stearns and Craig Counsell took questions in a town hall style meeting about the Brewers. Check out their answers and other details of what went down here. (Hint: the new food options at Miller Park should be protected at all costs).