Report: Tigers interested in Joba Chamberlain

Look at Joba Chamberlain. Just look at him. (USATSI)
Look at Joba Chamberlain. Just look at him. (USATSI)

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This offseason, the Tigers have already added closer Joe Nathan to the fold, and now their attention may be turning to the middle-relief corps. As Tim Brown of Yahoo! tweets, Detroit may have its eyes on right-hander Joba Chamberlain, formerly of the Yankees

The 28-year-old Chamberlain is 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 and a 4.18 ERA as a starter.

Chamberlain missed a full month because of an abdominal strain last season, and he of course also has Tommy John surgery in his recent past. As a rookie in 2007, Chamberlain looked like a present and future relief ace. However, whether because the Yankees shoehorned him into a starter's role or other reasons, he declined substantially in the seasons to come. With that said, Chamberlain makes sense as a low-cost reclamation project.

As for the Tigers, they're in need of bullpen depth now that Drew Smyly is slated for the rotation and Joaquin Benoit is likely to sign elsewhere.  

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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