Tigers, ex-Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain agree to terms

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Joba Chamberlain is reportedly bound for Detroit. (USATSI)
Joba Chamberlain, 28, is bound for Detroit. (USATSI)

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The Tigers have come to terms with free-agent reliever Joba Chamberlain, reports FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal. The contract is reported to be for one year at $2.5 million plus incentives.

Detroit has already signed Joe Nathan to work as closer, but with Drew Smyly headed to the rotation and Joaquin Benoit unlikely to return, they're in need of bullpen depth.

As for the 28-year-old Chamberlain, he's coming off a 2013 in which he logged 4.93 ERA and 1.46 K/BB in 42 relief innings for the Yankees. For his career, he owns a 3.51 ERA out of the bullpen.

Chamberlain missed a month last season because of an abdominal strain, underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2011 and then suffered a serious ankle dislocation in March 2012.

As a rookie in 2007, Chamberlain was dominant in limited action. After the Yankees attempted to make him into a starter, however, his performance suffered, even after being returned to a relief role. A change of scenery and coaching might do Chamberlain well.

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