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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: 8 | Salary: $1,875,000 | Owned/Started%: 4/3
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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."


Joba Chamberlain reports to camp in better shape


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain has reported to camp a little slimmer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Chamberlain joined the team in the offseason after spending the first seven years of the his career in New York. Chamberlain has proven to be an effective setup man when healthy, but injuries have limited his playing time the past three seasons.

In 45 games, Chamberlain posted a 4.93 ERA last year. 


Tigers reach deal with Joba Chamberlain


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/12/2013) ESPN reports that the Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with reliever Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain could earn more through performances bonuses.

The right-hander used to be one of the top setup men in the game but has struggled with injuries and inconsistency over the last few years. He had a 4.93 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 8.1 stirkeouts per nine innings in 45 appearances for the Yankees last season.


Tigers, Astros in on Joba Chamberlain


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/11/2013) According to Yahoo! Sports, the Tigers have an interest in signing free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are also looking into signing the former Yankee.

In his seventh and most recent season in New York, Chamberlain made 45 appearances and posted a 4.93 ERA.


Diamondbacks have made an offer for Joba Chamberlain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) The Diamondbacks have made an offer for pitcher Joba Chamberlain, according to ESPN.

The offer is said to be a one-year deal worth $3 million. The 28-year-old Chamberlain had a 4.93 ERA in 42 innings last season. 


Yankees have long list of free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who were extended qualifying offers, and starting pitcher Phil Hughes, who was not, the Yankees have had several players file for free agency, including starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, designated hitter Travis Hafner, shortstop Brendan Ryan, third baseman Kevin Youkilis, relief pitcher Boone Logan, first baseman Lyle Overbay, relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain and first baseman Mark Reynolds. Pettitte is expected to retire.

Tigers searching for reliever, not interested in Joba Chamberlain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2013) The Tigers have been impressed with Joaquin Benoit's work out of the bullpen but are still looking for help on the trade market.

The club has scouts watching the Marlins, Brewers, Padres, Mariners and Astros this weekend, but it has not expressed any interest toward Joba Chamberlain, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler reports. The Yankees have been shopping Chamberlain before the trade deadline, according to a recent report from FOXSports.com. Chamberlain has a 5.75 ERA in 20 1/3 innings.