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Joba Chamberlain | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Joba Chamberlain picked up his second blown save of the season in Sunday’s loss to the Red Sox, surrendering a three-run homer to David Ortiz.

Chamberlain, filling in for the struggling Joe Nathan who had pitched the previous two nights, allowed a leadoff single to Brock Holt and a one-out walk to Dustin Pedroia before Ortiz’s dramatic blast. This may quell the rumblings of Chamberlain replacing Nathan in the ninth inning, at least until Nathan blows up once more.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 11:45:00 PM

With Joe Nathan getting the day off after pitching in three straight games, Joba Chamberlain pitched a hitless ninth for his second save Friday against the Mariners.

Chamberlain is clearly second in line for saves in Detroit, and things could get very interesting if Nathan blows another opportunity in the near future. Still, the Tigers would much prefer to have Nathan bounce back.
Sat, May 31, 2014 01:43:00 AM

Joba Chamberlain (ankle) is available Monday.

Chamberlain was forced from an appearance on Sunday after suffering a bruised right ankle while covering first base. He has a 3.10 ERA and 25/6 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this season out of the Tigers' bullpen.
Mon, May 26, 2014 01:45:00 PM

Joba Chamberlain was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Rangers in the eighth inning with a bruised right ankle.

He sustained the injury covering first base on a ground ball to the right side of the infield. He's considered day-to-day.
Sun, May 25, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Joba Chamberlain was removed from the eighth inning of Saturday's game against the Rangers due to an apparent injury.

Joba came up limping after covering first base on a ground ball in the inning, and shortly afterwards departed with the training staff. The team should have an update on his status shortly.
Sun, May 25, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Joba Chamberlain picked up his first save of the season, recording the final out of the game as the Tigers beat the White Sox on Tuesday.

Phil Coke got into some trouble, entering the ninth inning with a five-run lead. Chamberlain walked Dayan Viciedo, then got Alexei Ramirez to line out for the 27th and final out of the game for the save. It's his first save since April 27 last season and the sixth of his career. Closer Joe Nathan, who has struggled lately with a self-described "dead arm", warmed up but was not needed.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:57:00 PM

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.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 02:26:00 PM

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.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 01:34:00 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.
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 09:55:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
3Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
3Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Casper Wells
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Blaine Hardy
8Kyle Ryan
9Angel Nesbitt