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44 Joba Chamberlain RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/250 | Birthdate: 9/23/1985 | Birthplace: Lincoln, NE | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Nebraska | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $1,875,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Tigers' Joba Chamberlain gets out of jam in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain was called upon in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Yankees with one out and runners on the corners, and he induced a Jacoby Ellsbury groundball that turned into a double play to get his team out of the inning in the eventual 2-1 win.

"I live for this stuff and these situations," Chamberlain said about the eighth-inning role, per MLive.com. "You get to face one of the best players in the league and get a chance to go do your thing."

Chamberlain threw just two pitches to rack up his two big outs Monday.

"He's had experience pitching in the eighth inning for us last year," manager Brad Ausmus said Monday. "And for the vast majority of the year he did it very well. I knew he could handle the pressure."

Chamberlain endured a rough spring but has posted 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his three appearances this season.


Tigers relievers see action Saturday in blowout loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Tigers relief pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny were able to get some extra work in Saturday against the White Sox in the 12-3 loss.

Both worked a scoreless inning, with Gorzelanny recording two strikeouts in his appearance.

"The thing is we've had one guy pitch however many days, which is great," said Gorzelanny to MLive.com. "I'm happy with that -- it means our starters are going deep and we're winning ballgames. I think everyone would like to get in there just to not only get work in, but save the rest of the guys.

"You want to get guys throw a few innings and save the rest of the bullpen. When they call and say we need to get you in there, I just try to do my job and get out of there as quick as possible."

Manager Brad Ausmus chalked it up to the ebbs and flows of how the starting pitchers do.

"It's tough to stay sharp when you've got starters going eight innings," Ausmus said. "As a reliever, you don't get a chance to get into a game situation. I don't read too much into what happened today."


Chamberlain to close Monday for Tigers, if Soria needs a day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Tigers closer Joakim Soria, who is filling in for injured closer Joe Nathan, might get the day off Monday against the Pirates after throwing three straight days. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated Joba Chamberlain would be the top option for a save opportunity Monday, if Soria is unavailable.

Soria is 2 for 2 in save chances since replacing the injury Nathan (elbow). Chamberlain has seven career saves, including two last season for Detroit.


Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain not worried about spring struggles


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain hasn't exactly lit it up in spring training. In eight appearances, Chamberlain has posted an 8.22 ERA with just two strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings pitched. He and his manager Brad Ausmus aren't worried, reports MLB.com.

"I've said all along that spring training, with veteran players especially, I don't put a lot of stock in it," Ausmus said. "I would go more on Joba's performance last year as an indicator than on what happens in Spring Training. I think Joba's also a guy that pitches on the adrenaline of the situation. And there's not a lot of adrenaline in spring training games, even moreso if you've been in the big leagues for a few years."

Chamberlain is throwing a bit harder this spring than previous years.

"This isn't my first rodeo. I've been in this position," Chamberlain said. "You've got to know what you have to work on. It's a neverending battle. I don't know if I've ever seen anybody with a zero-zero ERA, so there's always something to work on."


Tigers' Ausmus: Joba better when the games really count


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain has been far from perfect in four spring outings. He's allowed at least one hit in each of his appearances, at least one walk three times and has allowed four runs through four innings.

Still, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has little concerns about Chamberlain's spring performance.

"The higher the pressure, the better he is," Ausmus said Tuesday, per MLive.com. "That's not always going to work out, but the adrenaline makes Joba perform at a higher level.

"Joba was kind of like this a little bit in spring training last season. His velocity was a little bit lower. All the sudden, you get in the game in the regular season and it jumps up to 95 mph.

"It's certainly nothing to be concerned about. I think Joba is better when the games really mean something."


Tigers bullpen all but set for opening day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is feeling confident about his pitching staff headed into the start of the season. So much so, that he's expecting six of the seven spots to already be taken by Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon, Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain, reports MLive.com.

"Those six, it'd be surprising if they weren't on the team," Ausmus said Friday morning. "Something strange would have to happen just based on their performances from the past."

This leaves Alex Wilson, Josh Zeid and Buck Farmer all battling for the final slot in the bullpen.

"You're always concerned about injuries," Ausmus said. "I think that's where the depth comes into play, where, if something unexpected comes up, we have a lot of arms we feel like can produce at the major league level. ... If something happens at any time, we feel that we have a quality arm that we can slide right in."


Tigers sign reliever Joba Chamberlain to one-year, $1M deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) The Tigers announced Tuesday they signed reliever Joba Chamberlain to a one-year deal. The right-handed hurler is slated to make $1 million in base salary and could total incentives worth $500,000, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

"We're not signing him to be the eighth-inning guy," general manager Dave Dombrowski said, per The Detroit News. "He gives (manager) Brad (Ausmus) some depth and helps organization over the long haul."

Chamberlain is back with the Tigers after pitching for them in 2014 -- his only season in Detroit after seven seasons with the Yankees. Chamberlain went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA and two saves in 69 outings last season.


Report: Dodgers interested in pitcher Joba Chamberlain


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) With the Dodgers looking to add a relief pitcher, the team has turned its attention to pitcher Joba Chamberlain, sources told Fox Sports.

While Chamberlain is their main focus, they are also considering other options. In 2014, Chamberlain went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA over 63 innings. 


Report: Dodgers looking to add relief pitcher


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) The Dodgers remain in the market for a relief pitcher, FOX Sports reports.

The Dodgers have made a fair number of acquisitions to the bullpen already this offseason, in the form of pitchers signed to minor-league deals as well as via trade. It's possible that the team is looking to add an impact arm to cover a potential injury to closer Kenley Jansen, and former closers Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano remain without contracts. Notable nonclosers left on the free-agent market include righties Joba Chamberlain and Brian Wilson as well as lefties Sean Burnett and Phil Coke.


Marlins have discussed Rodriguez, Chamberlain and Coke


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) The Marlins have discussed relievers Francisco RodriguezPhil Coke and Joba Chamberlain, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. MLB.com initially reported the team's interest in both pitchers.

Both pitchers are considered among the best relief options currently on the market. The 33-year-old Rodriguez is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.04 ERA over 68 innings with Milwaukee. Chamberlain, 29, put up a 3.57 ERA over 63 innings with Detroit. The 32-year-old Coke posted a 3.88 ERA over 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014. 


Brewers still interested in adding closer-type reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Brewers assistant general Gord Ash said Friday the team is still in the market for a closer-type reliever, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He said the team would like to make a move before spring training opens.

Ash said Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon and free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez are in play for the Brewers.

However, there is no apparent interest in signing former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano, and Ash said former Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain doesn't fit their plans either.


Report: Joba Chamberlain has turned down multiple offers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Former Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain has turned down offers from multiple teams, according to FoxSports.com.

The 29-year-old Chamberlain is coming off a year in which he posted a 3.57 ERA over 63 innings with Detroit. He performed much better in the first half of the season, posting a 2.63 ERA over 37 2/3 innings. Chamberlain struggled in the second half, however. He posted a 4.97 ERA over 25 1/3 innings. Chamberlain saw his strikeout rate drop in the second half, while his walk rate creeped up. 

It appears Chamberlain has received attention during the offseason, but has held out to sign with a better club. While he was initially shooting for a two-year deal, Chamberlain may accept a one-year offer with incentives at this point.


Joba Chamberlain rocked in Game 2 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain couldn't get the job done Friday, giving up three earned runs on two hits while recording just one out in his team's 7-6 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Chamberlain opened the eighth inning by inducing a groundout to second base, but his appearance went down from there. He hit the next batter and gave up a pair of single, the second of which brought a run home, before being pulled. The two runners he left on base came home to score two batters after he left the game, putting the Tigers behind for good. Chamberlain has now surrendered five runs (four earned) on three hits over the first two games of the series while recording only one out. The Tigers face the Orioles in Game 3 in Detroit Sunday in a win-or-go-home scenario.


Joba Chamberlain serves up go-ahead home in loss to Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain allowed the go-ahead run and took the loss Sunday afternoon against the Angels in Anaheim.

Chamberlain permitted a solo home run to David Freese in the eighth inning. He was charged with one run on two hits and no walks while striking out one over one inning pitched in a 2-1 defeat. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 43 1/3 innings of relief.

Joba Chamberlain dealing with occasional ankle pain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) An ankle ailment prevented Brad Ausmus from calling on setup man Joba Chamberlain in the ninth inning of a tie game Saturday against Cleveland, but not Sunday. Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth for the Tigers despite yielding two walks.

"(The ankle) flares up from time to time," Ausmus told MLB.com on Sunday.


Joba Chamberlain serves up go-ahead home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain was unable to close out Sunday night's game against the Red Sox, as he was pegged with the blown save and loss in a 5-3 defeat.

Chamberlain surrendered a go-ahead three-run home run to David Ortiz in the ninth inning, which proved to be the difference. He yielded three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one over one inning of work. He owns a 3.29 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in 27 1/3 innings of relief.

Joe Nathan figures to have long leash


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Let's not rush to pick up Joba Chamberlain just yet.

Certainly if it's a deep league and you can't afford to lose your primary source of saves, handcuffing Joe Nathan isn't a terrible idea, but that would have been true even before this stretch in which he's allowed 10 earned runs in his last six appearances.

As manager Brad Ausmus -- the one who makes these decisions -- suggested Wednesday, Nathan's track record gives him a longer leash than most closers. He has consistently been one of the best in the role for more than a decade now, and the Tigers gave him a big contract this offseason because they were convinced he would end their ninth-inning circus once and for all. Are four bad outings really enough for them to re-open Pandora's box, especially after they invested all that money just so they wouldn't have to?

Nathan had a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings before this rough patch began -- good enough numbers to have everyone believing nothing is wrong. And all the underlying factors suggest nothing is wrong. His velocity is the same as last year, as is his pitch selection. As long as it continues, the results should follow.


Joba Chamberlain converts second save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) With Joe Nathan given the night off, Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain stepped up and converted his second save of the season Friday night in Seattle.

Chamberlain allowed one walk and struck out two in a scoreless inning of work to secure a 6-3 victory. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings.

Joba Chamberlain bounces back quickly from ankle injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain said Monday he's available to pitch after leaving Sunday's game against the Rangers with a bruised right ankle, per MLive.com. Chamberlain has a 1.42 ERA and .217 opponents' batting average in his last 13 appearances.

Joba Chamberlain exits Sunday with bruised right ankle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain left Sunday's game against the Rangers in the eighth inning due to a bruised right ankle. He is listed as day to day.

Chamberlain allowed one walk and two hits in two-third scoreless innings Sunday.


Joba Chamberlain picks up loss Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Twins reliever Joba Chamberlain was tagged with the loss Sunday against the Tigers. 

Chamberlain had been one of the club's best pitchers entering Sunday, but had a tough time recording his final out. Chamberlain hit Brian Dozier to start the inning, and then walked Joe Mauer. He recovered well, striking out the next two batters. 

Things fell apart with two outs. Josmil Pinto singled in two runs, and then made it to scoring position on an error. He came around to score on a single by Eduardo Nunez. Nunez was thrown out trying to advance to second. 

Chamberlain gave up three runs, two of which were earned, during the appearance. He allowed two hits and one walk. He struck out two batters. The loss drops him to 1-2.


Joba Chamberlain earns one-out save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) After the White Sox scored three runs in the top of the ninth, the Tigers turned to reliver Joba Chamberlain, who recorded the final out in his team's 8-6 win Tuesday to earn his first save of the season.

The Tigers took an 8-2 lead into the eighth inning, but after the White Sox picked up a run in that inning they were able to push three more across in the ninth. Called upon with two outs in an 8-6 game, Chamberlain walked a batter with the bases empty before getting a line out to end the game. He owns a 4.05 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.


Struggles continue for Joba Chamberlain in Detroit debut


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain gave no indication that the personal regression that began in 2012 was about to reverse itself in his first outing with his new team Tuesday night.

Chamberlain took the loss after his team had rallied to tie the game with two out in the ninth. He walked Chone Figgins to open the inning before giving up a two-out double to Carl Crawford that gave Detroit its second loss of the season.


Joba Chamberlain lacking velocity in first appearance


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain was lacking velocity in his first appearance with the club, according to ESPN.

Chamberlain only hit 89-91 mph during the appearance. He averaged 94.6 mph on his fastball last year. It's still early in the spring, so there's a chance he can improve on his velocity. Chamberlain posted a 4.93 ERA in 42 innings last year.


Bruce Rondon, Joba Chamberlain in running for setup job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) The Tigers have been set at closer since signing Joe Nathan. But their setup situation has yet to be resolved. Newly acquired Joba Chamberlain and 2013 disappointment Bruce Rondon are battling for that spot.

"Right now, [they] are probably the two guys in my mind who you think about as eighth-inning guys for the team," Brad Ausmus told MLive.com on Saturday. "Performances will determine who actually ends up being the eighth-inning guy. That being said, it could change once you move into the season. ... Even if I know coming out of spring training who that is it doesn't mean it's going to stay."