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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: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/1232125.png | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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Blue Jays' Joba Chamberlain could be called up in next months


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(2:01 pm ET) Blue Jays relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain , who inked a minor-league deal with the team on July 21, could be called up to the team some time between August and September, according to the Toronto Star.



Blue Jays RP Joba Chamberlain to pitch at Triple-A Buffalo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) New Blue Jays reliever Joba Chamberlain, who was released two weeks ago by Detroit, will start his comeback attempt at Triple-A Buffalo, per Sportsnet. He will arrive there on Monday.

Chamberlain struggled mightily with the Tigers this season, yielding 32 hits in 22 innings and losing both decisions.


Blue Jays sign pitcher Joba Chamberlain to minor-league deal


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) The Blue Jays signed pitcher Joba Chamberlain to a minor-league contract Tuesday, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Chamberlain went 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 22 innings for the Tigers earlier this season.


Tigers release RP Joba Chamberlain


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) The Tigers have granted relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain his unconditional release on Friday, the team announced via Twitter.

Chamberlain was designated for assignment last week. His last seven appearances have all been rough, as he's posted a 14.40 ERA throughout.


Tigers RP Joba Chamberlain designated for assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) The Tigers have designated reliever Joba Chamberlain for assignment Friday.

It's been a rough run lately for Chamberlain, who was in his second season with the Tigers. He had a 1.06 ERA as of June 16, but he posted a 14.40 ERA in his last seven appearances, raising his season ERA to 4.09.

"I know Joba struggled here recently at the end, but without Joba, we don't win the division last year. Simple as that," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLive.com.

Chamberlain was a popular figure with the Yankees and a stellar reliever very early in his career. He was moved to the rotation full-time in 2009 with New York, but his time as a starter lasted only one season before he was back in the bullpen. 

Since returning to a relief role in 2010, he is 10-12 with a 4.06 ERA in 266 appearances.


Tigers' Ausmus: Joba Chamberlain's our eighth-inning guy


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said definitively on Friday Joba Chamberlain will be the team's eighth-inning reliever moving forward, according to MLB.com.

Chamberlain has given up just one run in his last six appearances for Detroit after having a blow up inning on May 6. 

"Obviously, being in the bullpen, you get the opportunity to be an everyday player," Chamberlain said. "So as things go, you're able to get on the bump and go after it. When you give up a few runs, you're able to get back out there the next day."

Chamberlain has a 1.38 ERA with nine strikeouts in 13 innings this season.

"Everything's going well," Chamberlain said. "We've just got to continue to work hard and, as long as these starters give us a chance, keep going deep in games. It's fun to watch those guys pitch. We've just gotta get the ball to the next guy."


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.