MLB Free Agency: Detroit Tigers Sign Joba Chamberlain

Sep 15, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers made a deal with a former Yankee pitcher that will fill out their bullpen for 2014.  According to Buster Olney Joba Chamberlain has signed with the Detroit Tigers.

 

Although Bruce Rondon has been tapped as the set-up man next season, Chamberlain basically replaces Joaquin Benoit in the bullpen.  The $2.5 million deal represents a discount for the Tigers who would have paid Benoit at least $5.5 million had they signed him.

Joba Chamberlain has not quite reached expectations since becoming a professional in 2007.  He had his worst season in 2013 but is only two-years removed from his best season in 2011 when he had an ERZ of 2.83 with a WHIP of 1.047 as Mariano Riverias set up man.

since then however Joba has struggled with injury and consistency. His recent failures in both categories has cost him the trust of Yankees skipper Joe Girardi.

It is a little bit a risk signing Chamberlain with the numbers he has put up over the last couple of seasons. but risk aside it may be worth a chance  Chamberlain is an emotional player and a change of scenery and a chance to prove himself again may be just what he needs to bring out his best.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Joba Chamberlain

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