Martin: Tigers have interest in Joba Chamberlain


Via Dan Martin: The Tigers have some interest in Joba Chamberlain. Detroit’s relievers have a 4.15 ERA (3.53 FIP), which is a bottom five mark in baseball. They’re definitely lacking quality bullpeners beyond Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit. The Giants, Braves, and Phillies are also said to have interest in the right-hander.

Chamberlain, 27, is an impending free agent with a 5.40 ERA (4.95 FIP) in 23.1 innings this year. He’s a reclamation project arm at this point; someone who sits 94.7 mph with his fastball (according to PitchFX) and still has a nasty mid-80s slider that misses bats (9.64 K/9 and 22.3 K%). The Yankees are reportedly “aggressively pushing” Joba in trade talks, but rental middle relievers who are both inconsistent and injury prone usually don’t bring much back via trade.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline


  1. Andrew says:

    Be happy to take Castellanos off your hands, Motor City Kitties.

  2. The Lime says:

    Maybe NYY could get some international signing $$$ in return? According to BA, it doesn’t look like they’ve given up any slots yet and from what I can tell, they’ve only spent 350K (out of ~$2mm)

    • jsbrendog says:

      honestly, since he won’t get a QO and you prob won’t get a useful player in return this would probably be the best thing. I would be into it.

  3. forensic says:

    I’ll take Miguel Cabrera and nothing less.

    Maybe I could be convinced on Fielder if they eat some of his salary.

  4. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:


  5. Eddard says:

    They need a bat in return, although for Joba they might be willing to accept a helmet or batting glove in return. There would also be a plus in possibly getting to face Joba down the road in an important ballgame where he is bound to cough up the lead.

  6. Different Josh says:

    Joba for Castellanos.
    “Wait you’re not sure?”
    “Alright I’ll throw in Jim Miller too. Proven closer.™”

  7. Dicka24 says:

    That would be a great spot for him.

  8. MannyGeee - Proven Starter says:

    I still have an irrational love for last decades’ Joba, but I think the best thing for him will be a change of scenery. I would prefer to see him go to an NL club, become a lights out closer, and then watch the Red Sox trade Xander Bogarts for him. And then I would prefer to see him fall apart and implode like Gagne did. And then, if at all possible, have Bogarts have a 30-30 season in Arizona, at which time we trade for him.

    Too far?

  9. Wrecky says:

    Give us Miguel Cabrera for Joba and an extra $1 million for your bankrupt city. This is a good deal, Detroit!

  10. Humpty Dance says:

    The Tigers have one of the fewest amount of blown saves in the AL. That’s wild.

  11. Mick taylor says:

    Wtf did yanks release Brennan boesch?

  12. Taylor Mick says:

    trade him for Danry Vazquez

  13. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Joba, Melky and IPK for Verlander.

  14. Duh Injuries says:

    No fucking way should the Yanks trade Chamberlain to a team who has owned them in the postseason THREE TIMES since 2006.

  15. Jorge Brosada says:

    Benoit…Balls! Nailed it.

  16. Tigerdog says:

    We’ll give you Phil Coke for Joba. Almost identical salaries, but the Yankees would be stuck with, I mean uhhhhh, have an extra year with Coke.

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