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Joba Chamberlain | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Joba Chamberlain's fastball velocity was in the 89-91 mph range on Thursday against the Braves.
It's early in camp and still a bit cold in Florida, so it's hard to make much of the poor velocity at this point. Chamberlain recorded a strikeout and worked around a base hit in his one scoreless inning of work. He averaged 94.6 mph on his fastball in 2013 -- his final season with the Yankees. Feb 27 - 2:26 PM

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Saturday that Joba Chamberlain will compete with Bruce Rondon to begin the season as the team's primary setup man in front of closer Joe Nathan.

Ausmus would prefer to keep one person in that role instead of sharing the eighth inning, and hopes that one of the duo will step up and claim it as their own this spring. With a 39-year-old closer, whoever finds himself second in line for saves in the Tigers bullpen could be an attractive draft target for those speculating on saves.
Feb 22 - 1:34 PM

Joba Chamberlain has lost 15 pounds over the offseason after beginning a new nutrition program.

The program involves eating a lot of fish, something Chamberlain said he'd tried "maybe three times in my life" before his new diet. "I’m from Nebraska," he said. "We don’t have fish in Nebraska." Chamberlain inked a $2.5 million deal over the winter and will be used to help set up for Joe Nathan.
Jan 26 - 9:55 AM

Tigers signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Chamberlain has passed a physical, making the deal official. The 28-year-old right-hander had an ugly 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this past season, but he's still only 28 and throws very hard. He'll help set up for Joe Nathan.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 11:07:00 AM

Joba Chamberlain's one-year deal with the Tigers is worth $2.5 million, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

Chamberlain could earn more with performance-bonuses. While the 28-year-old right-hander has seen his career go off course since he burst onto the scene in 2007 and 2008, the Tigers are willing to gamble on a turnaround. It's not a bad gamble at this price, though it might have been a better bet to bring back Jose Veras rather than turn down his $4 million option.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 01:50:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers will sign free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain.

No word on the terms involved. Chamberlain had an ugly 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this past season, but he's still only 28 years old and hasn't lost any velocity. The Tigers will hope that a change of scenery will do him some good.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 01:37:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Tigers have "serious interest" in signing reliever Joba Chamberlain.

The Tigers are in the market for relief help and appear willing to take a chance on Chamberlain after his career fizzled out in New York. The 28-year-old posted a rough 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio in 42 innings this past season. The Astros, Indians, Tigers, Rockies, Cubs and Royals have also been mentioned as possible landing spots this winter.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Tigers could be a landing spot for free agent Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain is looking to rebound with a change of scenery after flaming out with the Yankees. The Tigers, in search of relief help, would make sense. Chamberlain has a 4.25 ERA since moving to the bullpen at the start of 2010, averaging nearly a strikeout per inning.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Even Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have interest in Joba Chamberlain.

It's also been reported that the Indians, Tigers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Cubs and Royals have interest in the enigmatic reliever. Chamberlain has had trouble staying healthy and has posted a 4.74 ERA over the last two seasons, but he'd be an interesting buy-low candidate for the Astros.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 08:25:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians, Tigers, Diamondbacks, Rockies and Cubs are showing "varying levels of interest" in Joba Chamberlain.

It's been reported previously that the Royals have also shown interest. Chamberlain hasn't started a game since 2009, but it would be interesting to see if anyone would consider giving him a shot in that role. He posted a 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio in 42 innings this past season for the Yankees.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 07:48:00 PM

The Diamondbacks are denying that they've made a contract offer to free agent Joba Chamberlain.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday that the D'Backs had offered Chamberlain a one-year, $3 million deal. But that report is now being refuted by the Arizona front office. Chamberlain, 28, posted a rough 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio in 42 innings this past season for the Yankees. The Cubs and Royals are thought to have interest.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 04:20:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks have offered Joba Chamberlain a one-year deal worth close to $3 million.

Chamberlain might be hard-pressed to find much better, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that money isn't the motivating factor. The 28-year-old posted a disappointing 4.93 ERA and 38/26 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this past season, but someone will surely take him on as a reclamation project.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Cubs and Royals are among the teams interested in free agent right-hander Joba Chamberlain.

According to Feinsand, nothing is imminent with either team. Chamberlain is fresh off a dreadful season in which he posted a 4.93 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 38/26 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. Presumably he would work in a middle relief role with the Royals, but could be a candidate to work his way into save chances with the Cubs if he performs well.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports that "more than a dozen" teams have already inquired about free agent Joba Chamberlain.

Murti also notes that the Yankees are not one of those teams. The hard-throwing 28-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he posted a 4.93 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 38/26 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. There remains a tremendous amount of talent in his right arm though, and Chamberlain shouldn't have any difficulty securing a bullpen role someplace this winter.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 06:17:00 PM

Joba Chamberlain was ejected from Thursday's game against the Red Sox for arguing with home plate umpire Joe West.

Chamberlain correctly argued that Shane Victorino failed to check his swing on a 2-2 pitch, but West disagreed. Victorino then singled in the go-ahead run. Chamberlain isn't going to face a suspension for his actions.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:35:00 PM

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C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Alex Gonzalez
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2Tyler Collins
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joba Chamberlain
3Ian Krol
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Evan Reed
7Luke Putkonen
8Bruce Rondon