On Tuesday, ESPNNewYork.com senior writer Andrew Marchand reported starter Phil Hughes, set-up man David Robertson, and relievers Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan all filed for arbitration with the Major League Baseball Players Association. When such proceedings are filed, it means the respective players are able to negotiate deals and if they are not able to come to an agreement with their team, the next chapter is a hearing in February. On Wednesday, Hughes penned a new deal for one-year, $7.15 million, thus avoiding arbitration. On Thursday afternoon, ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews reported that Chamberlain followed suit and inked a one-year deal of his own,
“The New York Yankees and relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain have agreed on a one-year contract worth $1,875,000 for 2013, avoiding arbitration. The non-guaranteed contract gives Chamberlain a raise of $200,000 and contains other performance bonuses for games finished.”
The 2011 and 2012 seasons were injury-laden for Chamberlain, including Tommy John surgery in June of 2011 and a severe ankle injury before spring training last season stemming from a trampoline accident. However, after a rocky return in August of this past season where he surrendered seven runs in seven innings of work and displayed an 8.59 ERA, he would settle in and pitch well from September on. In that time frame, he surrendered four runs in a little over 13 innings pitched and struck out 16 batters. In addition, Chamberlain was steady in limited work in the post-season.
The 27-year-old right-hander should ascertain himself into the seventh-inning role as part of the bridge to closer Mariano Rivera. In addition, with a clean bill of health entering spring training, a solid performance in 2013 could help Chamberlain's case to become the Yankees closer in life after the legendary Rivera.
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