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Heyman: Yankees would consider trading Joba Chamberlain for a starter

Jan 14, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

Joba chamberlain throwing

After news of the Rafael Soriano signing broke last night, many had the logical take that the Yankees should consider moving Joba Chamberlain back into the starting rotation. Of course, that probably won’t happen, which is all the more frustrating after reading the following information.

According to Jon Heyman of, the Yankees would consider trading Chamberlain, but “probably only in a package for a viable starter.”

You know, since Chamberlain has absolutely no chance to be a “viable starter” someday. Nope, the Yankees will likely compound the issue of severely overpaying for a set-up man by trading a team-controlled 25-year-old pitcher and some top prospects for an already established millionaire pitcher around the deadline. Ridiculous? Sure. But it’s their universe.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Look. If they are going to blow it with Joba, they should blow it ll the way. Maybe they could trade him for Carlos Zambrano halfway through the season. Then release Zambrano some time in September. Sounds about right for the way they have valued Joba thus far.

  2. jfk69 - Jan 14, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    The key word missing is “ESTABLISHED” starter. Has Joba got his drinking under control?
    If so…How long will he last as a starter with that throwing motion of his?
    There is very good reasons the Yankees don’t feel comfortable with him as a starter or a prime set up specialist. It is time they trade him.

  3. pisano - Jan 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Ridiculous? I think not, they’ve given him enough time to show something and each year he gets worse. I would cringe every time they would bring him in especially with runners on base, he’s a rally starter waiting to happen. I think a change would do him good and they better do it asap because his stock is dropping. His fastball has fallen off considerably and his command is not all that good. It’s time to move him if they can.

    • bighitterthelama - Jan 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

      Actually, Joba’s fastball recovered last year as he recovered from his shoulder problems. But who cares about that, it much better to continue to believe that he comes into games when men are on base and immediately kills babies, tortures puppies, and feeds mogwai after midnight while conjuring a swarm of midges and emailing Theo Epstein the plans to the DeathStar.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

      All I can say is finally someone heard our prayers. This would be a win, win, win. Joba would benefit from a change of scenery the prospect new team would get cost certainty for several years and the Yankees would get a starting pitcher.

  4. scatterbrian - Jan 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    I sort of wish some team would make Joba a closer, and that said team’s PA guy would play this:

  5. Jonny 5 - Jan 14, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    I seriously hope the Phills don’t swap him for Blanton. Seriously. Hope.

    • bleedgreen - Jan 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM

      How about Kendrick? :) Kendrick for Joba?

  6. yankeesfanlen - Jan 15, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Why do we always have to have a Farnsworthless or FAT TOAD? Dump him for a bag o’ balls.

  7. frankvzappa - Jan 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    i wouldnt trade half of an old tuna fish sandwich for chamberlain if Doug Dacenzo was my 3rd starter

    • frankvzappa - Jan 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      thats right, a Doug Dacenzo reference

  8. nickynick04 - Jan 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Blanton for Joba…….

    • pisano - Jan 18, 2011 at 12:06 AM

      “Blanton for Joba”…….. Hell, anyone for Joba, living or dead!

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