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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Report: Detroit Tigers to sign reliever Joba Chamberlain for one year, $2.5 million

Joba rules Detroit.

Joba Chamberlain was once for the Yankees what Bruce Rondon now is for the Tigers: the young hard-throwing right-hander who is seemingly capable of long-term dominance out of the bullpen.

As in his first full season in 2008, Chamberlain struck out 118 hitters in 100 1⁄3 innings.

Now, for 2014, the Tigers hope Rondon can be an eighth-inning fireballer like that to set up closer Joe Nathan.

But Rondon must prove he has the health, ability and savvy to do so over a full season. The Tigers wanted to find a veteran reliever to step into Rondon’s role if he couldn’t do it.

They evidently have selected Chamberlain for that assignment. On Thursday, according to reports from reliable media outlets, the Tigers signed Chamberlain to a one-year contract. As reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney, the contract is for $2.5 million, plus performance bonuses. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal also confirmed the deal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 08:30 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: December 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM (#4617215)
But Rondon must prove he has the health, ability and savvy to do so over a full season. The Tigers wanted to find a veteran reliever to step into Rondon’s role if he couldn’t do it.

And Joba will fill it perfectly. He, too, must prove that he has the ability and savvy to pitch well over a whole season, which he did once, in 2008.
   2. Tim D Posted: December 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM (#4617245)
Joba's OPS against is .811 in Yankee Stadium 3, .742 on the road and .479 in Comerica Park. He has been very effective against the Tigers, there is nothing wrong with his arm, and getting him away from the NY media circus cannot hurt. At 1 year for 2.5M he is a good buy low candidate.
   3. Cooper Nielson Posted: December 13, 2013 at 01:06 AM (#4617262)
As a Tiger fan, I have absolutely no objection to this. $2.5 million in today's market is basically nothing. And there seems to be a non-zero chance that Joba could be useful.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: December 13, 2013 at 03:36 AM (#4617285)
Who hit the one homerun off Joba during his magical 2007 stretch drive? I remember the bugs thing happening in Cleveland in October. I also remember that Fausto Carmona was impervious to the very same bugs. He must have made some kind of agreement with a nefarious spiritual power.
   5. KT's Pot Arb Posted: December 13, 2013 at 04:06 AM (#4617289)
Joba's OPS against is .811 in Yankee Stadium 3, .742 on the road and .479 in Comerica Park. He has been very effective against the Tigers, there is nothing wrong with his arm, and getting him away from the NY media circus cannot hurt. At 1 year for 2.5M he is a good buy low candidate.


His OPS against was 1.100 in Comerica this year, a year featuring his worst ever walk rate, highest home run rate and second lowest k rate, he's toast.
   6. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 13, 2013 at 09:24 AM (#4617310)
The URL amuses me: http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/newsstand/discussion/report_detroit_tigers_to_sign_reliever_joba_chamberlain_for_one_year_25_mil.

I moused over, saw it, did a double take, and thought, wow, I'd never have guessed Joba would be the first guy to get a 1 year, $25 million contract.
   7. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: December 13, 2013 at 09:41 AM (#4617321)
Who hit the one homerun off Joba during his magical 2007 stretch drive?


Mike Lowell.
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 13, 2013 at 09:52 AM (#4617324)
High fastball. Hit it a country mile.
   9. zonk Posted: December 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM (#4617334)
Joba's OPS against is .811 in Yankee Stadium 3, .742 on the road and .479 in Comerica Park. He has been very effective against the Tigers, there is nothing wrong with his arm, and getting him away from the NY media circus cannot hurt. At 1 year for 2.5M he is a good buy low candidate.


In Chicago, we call this sort of justification "Jeff Blauser thinking"... it... ummm.... does not end well!
   10. Captain Supporter Posted: December 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4617365)
Enjoy him, Detroit. I have watched virtually every game he pitched as a Yankee, and I can say that I am very glad to see him go. The problem is not his arm, its that he has the IQ of a newt Here is something for you Detroit fans to enjoy: pretty much every time the count goes to three and two, and the catcher calls for anything but a slider, Joba will shake him off and go the slider. That actually worked pretty well in his first month in the league as batters were virtually all looking for that 98 mph fastball. But, of course, they figured it out pretty quickly. And, Joba, of course, to this day refused to make the obvious counter adjustment.
   11. fra paolo Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM (#4617405)
On the whole, I am unhappy with the moves Mr Dombrowski has made this off-season. Perhaps it is time to get those NL rooting interests out of the cedar chest.
   12. cmd600 Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM (#4617407)
I remember the bugs thing happening in Cleveland in October. I also remember that Fausto Carmona was impervious to the very same bugs. He must have made some kind of agreement with a nefarious spiritual power.


You may have noticed that most of the Yankees had an issue with the bugs. Jeter had his full primadonna act going on. Meanwhile none of the Indians had an issue. The reason is that bug spray, which the Yankees applied liberally, and the Indians didn't use, attracts those bugs, not repels them.
   13. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM (#4617411)
You may have noticed that most of the Yankees had an issue with the bugs. Jeter had his full primadonna act going on. Meanwhile none of the Indians had an issue. The reason is that bug spray, which the Yankees applied liberally, and the Indians didn't use, attracts those bugs, not repels them.


I think the reason was the Indians players were accustomed to squalor and its associated conditions.
   14. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4617420)
I moused over, saw it, did a double take, and thought, wow, I'd never have guessed Joba would be the first guy to get a 1 year, $25 million contract.

No, that's going to be Stephen Drew.
   15. cmd600 Posted: December 13, 2013 at 07:57 PM (#4617739)
I think the reason was the Indians players were accustomed to squalor and its associated conditions.


Then it's a good thing those haughty Yankees that can't even be bothered to put on their own bug spray are passing along a few bucks to help out.
   16. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM (#4617768)
Anything more than an NRI to spring training is an overpay for Joba.
   17. Tim D Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM (#4617788)
"His OPS against was 1.100 in Comerica this year"

He faced two batters.

Yes, Yankee fans are tired of him, and he didn't turn out to be Nolan Ryan, so he must be awful and done, etc, etc, etc. His ERA in his worst year was 4.93, lousy but not awful. Bet you a six-pack he is effective for the Tigers.
   18. Brian White Posted: December 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM (#4617823)
"His OPS against was 1.100 in Comerica this year"

He faced two batters.


Five batters. Two at-bats. Pedantic, I know, but I only feel obliged to point this out because I spent like three minutes trying to figure out how you could give up a 1.100 OPS against in two PAs.

As for the signing, this really feels like a waste of two million dollars. Just because there's salary inflation going on, doesn't mean that you can't find a hard thrower with some significant warts on whom you can take a flier for the major league minimum.
   19. Benji Posted: December 14, 2013 at 01:39 AM (#4617830)
I remember how me and other Yankee non-fans despaired over the future with Joba and Hughes being dominant for years. Fortunately, Pitching Guru Hank Steinbrenner stepped in and destroyed that future.
   20. vivaelpujols Posted: December 14, 2013 at 08:10 AM (#4617858)
Joba's been injured and the definition of replacement level over the past 3 years, but he probably still has some upside left. Decent signing.
   21. spike Posted: December 14, 2013 at 02:16 PM (#4618038)
he has the IQ of a newt

Well he got better....

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