Cubs will welcome back Travis Wood, Jorge Soler and Jason Hammel in mini ring ceremony Monday


The Cubs will keep the festivities going at Wrigley Field Monday night as they welcome back a trio of players who helped end the 108-year championship drought.

Travis Wood, Jorge Soler and Jason Hammel — who are now all Royals — will travel from Kansas City to Chicago to take part in a mini ring ceremony before Monday's Cubs-Brewers game.

With no games scheduled against the Royals this season, the Cubs invited the trio up on Kansas City's off-day Monday in an effort to honor the former North Siders.

"I think it's awesome," Joe Maddon said. "The fact that we're doing it speaks to the organization to have that kind of foresight to do something like that and to have that first-class-ness. 

"There's no other way to do it. The date was there. We're flying them up, apparently, they're gonna get their rings. I thought it was perfect. We'll be excited to see all those guys again."

Hammel made 61 starts over the last two seasons with the Cubs — his second stint with the team — and went 15-10 last year with a 3.83 ERA. But he didn't see any time in the postseason as he wasn't on the active roster during any of the three series.

Hammel signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Royals this past winter after the Cubs kept their promise and let him test the free agent market.

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Soler was traded to the Royals in the deal that brought closer Wade Davis to Chicago in December. The 25-year-old outfielder has struggled to stay healthy in his career (he's currently on the disabled list with Kansas City) and appeared in only 187 games the last two seasons with the Cubs, hitting 22 homers with a .741 OPS.

Soler was one of the first international signings by Theo Epstein's front office with the Cubs, inking a nine-year, $30 million deal that keeps him under team control through the 2020 season.

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Wood was the longest-tenured Cubs player before he departed over the winter and inked a two-year, $12 million deal with the Royals.

The 30-year-old lefty pitched in 220 games with the Cubs — including 98 starts — with a 3.94 ERA, 1.267 WHIP and four saves. He was a valuable swingman who made nine appearances throughout the Cubs' World Series run that included hitting a home run in Game 2 the National League Division Series.

Wood was a fan and clubhouse favorite in his time in Chicago and flourished in a super-sub role under Maddon, adding pinch-hitting and pinch-running to his list of duties besides pitching and also played the outfield a few times, infamously making a catch in the vines on July 31 last summer.

No word yet on whether Wood will be wearing a shirt or camo vest for Monday's festivities.

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