The Detroit Tigers' bullpen has been criticized in the past for its' lack of depth, and with Joaquin Benoit unlikely to return, the team has begun to rebuild – and they took a step forward today in signing former New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain to a one-year contract.
The 28-year-old pitcher was once slated to be a superstar in New York, entering the scene in 2007. However, the team's attempt to turn him into a starter flopped and his performance has suffered since then. Not to mention that he has been bit by the injury bug – he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and missed one month this past season due to a strained abdominal muscle, to name a few of them.
Last season with the Yanks, Chamberlain appeared in 45 games and posted a 4.93 ERA and 1.74 WHIP. Playing with no other team since his MLB debut, a change of scenery to Detroit may be the best thing for the right hander. Playing with the Tigers will give him a chance to shine and hopefully redeem himself from his downhill spiral with the Yankees.
The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million with incentives ($500k less than the Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly offered the former free agent). Tigers fans will be holding their breath, and hoping this famous name will be worth the investment.
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