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Joba Chamberlain | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Joba Chamberlain has elected free agency.
Chamberlain was pushed off the Royals' 40-man roster earlier this week and will officially hit the open market five days after the World Series. The 30-year-old right-hander registered a 4.88 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 27 2/3 innings this season between Detroit and Kansas City. He could have to settle for a minor league contract. Oct 29 - 2:16 PM

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Royals designated RHP Joba Chamberlain for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Raul Mondesi, who will be on the Royals' active roster for the World Series. Chamberlain signed a minor league deal with the Royals back in August and appeared in six games down the stretch.
Oct 27 - 11:47 AM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Joba Chamberlain from Triple-A Omaha.

Chamberlain signed a minor league contract with the Royals in mid-August after getting released from the Blue Jays' Triple-A team. He wasn't doing so hot at Omaha either and probably won't see any high-leverage situations.
Sep 7 - 4:04 PM

Royals signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract.

Chamberlain compiled a 4.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 22 innings with the Tigers before getting designated for assignment earlier in the season. He then struggled in five innings at Triple-A Buffalo for the Blue Jays before opting out of his deal earlier this week. He's nothing more than extra bullpen depth for the Royals.
Aug 16 - 8:42 PM

Blue Jays released RHP Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain caught on with the Jays last month after the Tigers cut him loose and has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract after allowing 10 runs -- eight earned -- over five innings at Triple-A Buffalo. He'll now have the opportunity to sign on elsewhere, although it's possible Chamberlain might decide to shut it down with just a few weeks left in the minor league season.
Aug 14 - 11:01 AM

Blue Jays signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract.

It's a good landing spot for Chamberlain, as the Jays have been seeking relief help for much of the season. The veteran reliever was released by the Tigers earlier this month after posting a 4.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 30 appearances. He should get a look with the big club before too long.
Jul 21 - 10:11 PM

Tigers released RHP Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain was designated for assignment on July 3. In 30 appearances this season, he held a 4.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. The numbers aren't stellar by any stretch of the imagination, but he should draw interest from around the league.
Jul 10 - 4:34 PM

Tigers designated RHP Joba Chamberlain for assignment.

Chamberlain pitched well for the Tigers last season and wound up resigning over the winter. He went on to post a 4.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 30 appearances and was particularly bad of late with eight runs allowed over his last seven games. He'll clear waivers and get a shot elsewhere. Detroit also designated Tom Gorzelanny for assignment as they shake up their bullpen.
Jul 3 - 3:12 PM

Joba Chamberlain was lit up for four runs and six hits in the eighth inning while taking a loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.

Joakim Soria never got into the game as the Tigers led a 6-3 lead slip away. It's the first obvious case of Joe Nathan's absence hurting the team this year. Maybe Nathan would have stumbled some in the ninth, but at least Soria would have turned the lead over to him.
May 6 - 11:57 PM

Joba Chamberlain gave up two runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning Monday against the Braves.

This one had an October feel, what with Chamberlain being unable to get through the eighth inning. He's allowed seven runs and 17 hits in 7 2/3 innings this spring, striking out just two batters along the way. Perhaps it can be explained by his late start -- he didn't re-sign with the Tigers until Feb. 24 -- but there's no way the Tigers should use him in a key role in the early going.
Mar 30 - 4:43 PM

Tigers re-signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $1 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal includes incentives. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Chamberlain turned down more money elsewhere to return to Detroit. The Tigers' bullpen is far from a strength, so it's worth adding him to the mix at this price. The 29-year-old compiled a 3.57 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 24 walks over 63 innings last season.
Feb 24 - 8:22 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have brought back Joba Chamberlain on a one-year deal, pending a physical.

No word yet on the exact terms involved. Chamberlain was less effective after the All-Star break last season, which Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski recently attributed to some family issues, but he still finished with a solid 3.57 ERA and 59/24 K/BB ratio over 63 innings for the year. The 29-year-old is useful enough in a middle relief role.
Feb 24 - 8:06 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are showing interest in free agent Joba Chamberlain.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen needed surgery earlier this week on his left foot and is expected to miss the first month of the 2015 regular season. It sounds like Los Angeles will make up for that absence by bolstering its middle relief rather than chasing someone like Francisco Rodriguez or Rafael Soriano. Chamberlain posted a decent 3.57 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 63 innings last season with the Tigers.
Feb 19 - 9:44 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins "have discussed" Joba Chamberlain.

Heyman also mentions their interest in Francisco Rodriguez and Phil Coke, which has been reported previously. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has reported that Chamberlain had been looking for a two-year deal but will likely have to settle for a one-year pact at this point. He had a nice year for the Tigers in 2014, holding a 3.57 ERA with 59 strikeouts over 63 innings.
Feb 16 - 6:53 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joba Chamberlain "has rejected multiple offers from teams he did not want to join."

Rosenthal adds that Joba is unlikely to get a two-year deal as hoped and is considering a one-year offer "with a relatively low base salary and incentives." It's not clear which team has made the offer. Chamberlain is just 29 and is coming off a fine season, having posted a 3.57 ERA with 59 strikeouts over 63 innings. He'd be a solid middle relief option for many clubs.
Jan 29 - 10:10 PM

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