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Yankees to keep Chamberlain in the bullpen

Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:26 pm
Joba Chamberlain The Yankees "paid a price" for waiting on Cliff Lee, general manager Brian Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger , as the team is still looking for a starter (or two) to round out its rotation.

"There's not much available, to be quite honest," Cashman said.

The Yankees have requested the medical records of Freddy Garcia. The team apparently isn't interested in Brandon Webb, but Cashman wouldn't comment either way.

"Bottom line is there is a price to pay for waiting for Cliff Lee," Cashman said. "Now, part of that price is definitely going to be loss of previous opportunities that [existed]. At the same time, now it's going to have to be some patience. Now it's going to be a steeper mountain to climb, which is fine, because we can climb it. Steeper meaning it's going to take a longer way to get there. IT's a harder road to travel. That's OK. You can still get there."

One person the team won't consider in the rotation is Joba Chamberlain, who battled for a rotation spot last spring and then spent all of 2010 in the bullpen.

"His stuff plays so much more significantly out of the pen," Cashman said. "We've given him the opportunity to show what he can do out of the rotation and the velocity dropped. It's just not the same stuff."

Cashman has repeatedly said he's moving on as if left-hander Andy Pettitte will indeed retire. That means their current rotation is CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and then whoever else is ready, likely Ivan Nova.

In addition to starting help, New York is also searching for right-handed bullpen help, a right-handed hitting outfielder and a utility player.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:01 am

Yankees to keep Chamberlain in the bullpen

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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:00 pm

Yankees to keep Chamberlain in the bullpen

Joba Chamberlain is a joke. Yankee fans pumped him up after a few innings. This guy is a run-of-the-mill reliever. Where's the fist pump now?

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:20 am

Yankees to keep Chamberlain in the bullpen

So I've thought about this a lot.

At this point I think we can all safely say that the Joba experiment has been a failure. The Yankees are to blame for constantly flip-flopping him all over the rotation & bullpen, & Joba is to blame for not physically conditioning himself to be able to provide for the Yankees as they need him. In my mind the blame falls on both parties pretty equal. So now what?

I know this is nuts, but I say we should definitely return Joba Chamberlain to being a starter. Take away the innings limits, take away the expectations, take away all his restraints and just let him go out there and throw. What's the worst thing that happens? Right now Joba has no real role in the bullpen. He isn't your 8th inning man. I wouldn't trust him coming in out of the stretch with runners on base. So what is he going to be doing right now anyway? My guess is that Joba will be the long relief garbage man in the bullpen that the Yankees will look to eat innings & close out blowouts. For a once dynamic prospect getting paid 2 million a season, this is a total waste.

At the very least, try him out as the 5th starter this spring. Get him into the rotation in April and see how it goes. If he fails, he goes back to being your bullpen garbage man. If he gets hurt, then so be it, its not like the Yankees haven't tried everything in the world to prevent this. If he does halfway decent, now you can use Joba more as a trading piece to deal for another starter (someone like Brett Myers would be ideal in my mind), because as a middle reliever Joba has ZERO value right now, as a potential starter he has significantly more value. And if, just if he does well, then you have won the jackpot and found your 5th starter.

I'm not holding my breath, but I feel like you gotta try and get the most you possibly can out of Joba instead of settling for mediocrity. 

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