Tigers, ex-Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain agree to terms
The Tigers have struck a deal with free-agent reliever Joba Chamberlain, formerly of the Yankees.
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.
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.