Posted December 12, 2013

Report: Joba Chamberlain signs 1-year deal with Tigers

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Joba Chamberlain

Joba Chamberlain has a 3.51 ERA as a reliever in seven seasons. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Former Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers worth $2.5 million plus performance bonuses, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The Diamondbacks were reportedly in the mix for the 28-year-old, but Chamberlain will join a Detroit bullpen that includes new closer Joe Nathan.

Chamberlain’s first two seasons in the big leagues were spectacular, but he failed in his attempt to become a starter in 2009 and has been subpar upon returning to a relief role.

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Chamberlain has also had injury issues. He missed a month last season with an abdominal strain, dislocated his ankle in March 2012 jumping on a trampoline and had Tommy John surgery in June 2011.

In seven seasons with the Yankees, Chamberlain was 23-14 with a 3.85 ERA in 260 games, including 43 starts. Last season he had a 4.93 ERA in only 42 innings.

He has a 4.18 ERA as a starter and a 3.51 ERA as a reliever in his career.

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6 comments
effeweall
effeweall

Make him a starter again.  he will win 25.  Imagine him and cabrera hitting the bars.  beware michigan

MrArlington
MrArlington

At $2.5 million for a one year contract it was really a low risk move by a team who needs bullpen help badly

banghartlaw
banghartlaw

Last year 2013 CNNSI previewed the TIgers:


"Dombrowski’s stated intent is to give 22-year-old rookie Bruce Rondon first crack at the ninth inning job." "If Rondon can’t convince Detroit he’s ready, Dombrowski may deal for an arm during spring training, but he has sounded confident that his current bullpen offer ample backup. Coke and Octavio Dotel, the most experienced closer on the roster with 109 saves, both have wide platoon splits but could be deployed in tactically appropriate spots, while top setup man Joaquin Benoit has closer stuff and could slot into the role as well.  The latter’s 1.8 homers per nine last year does represent something of a concern, but it may be waved off as a fluke after he allowed just 0.8 homers per nine in the previous two seasons. A healthy Al Alburquerque could also represent another option, though he was limited to just 13 1/3 innings last year due to offseason surgery to repair a stress fracture in his elbow."


Benoit did slot into closer and did give up the big HR in the playoffs.  Acquiring Nathan addresses last year's biggest oversight about not having a proven closer.   But Tigers are facing same hurdles.


As with Joba, Tigers are giving last year's problems another shot.  Coke imploded last year (but we recently resigned), Dotel had a season ending injury but is replace by recently injured Joba, Al Alburquerque had injury and control problems in 2013, but is back, again.  Rondon threw hard and straight with no reliable 2nd pitch, in 2014 he'll get the 8th instead of 9th inning.  

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

good riddance. figures it would be detroit, they really know how to pick relievers.

William27
William27

yanks sure screwed him up

we will see if he can make a comeback