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Yankees avoid arbitration with Joba Chamberlain by agreeing to one-year deal

Jan 17, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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The Yankees announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Joba Chamberlain by agreeing to a one-year contract. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post hears that he’ll make $1.875 million, which is a slight raise from his $1.65 million salary last year.

Chamberlain was on track to return from Tommy John surgery during the first half last year, but the timeline changed dramatically after he suffered a right ankle dislocation on a trampoline during spring training. While it was initially feared that he would miss the entire season, he made his way back to the majors by August 1. The 27-year-old right-hander ended up posting a 4.35 ERA and 22/6 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings during the regular season and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings during the postseason.

Chamberlain averaged 94.7 mph in his return last season, which is right in line with where he was before Tommy John surgery, so he should be a useful piece in the mid-to-late innings. This was his final year of arbitration, so he’s currently due to become a free agent next offseason.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    So Logan and Robertson are the only 2 players still eligible for arbitration.

  2. randygnyc - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    And Javier Vazquez is touching 95, lol

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Would an arbitrator really looked at 20 innings and said “this guy clearly deserves a raise”?

    • Kevin S. - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Arbitrators don’t look at what the player made the previous season so much as they look at what players with similar performance records through the same stage of arbitration have made. For an Arb3 player, that’s actually a fairly low sum.

  4. lazlosother - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Chamberlain hasn’t been a bad pitcher for NY. He’s a pretty good option out of the pen, and of course they expect a normal workload out of him this year. Joba has been a victim of the hype he generated as a rookie, injuries, and an odd approach from the NY front office. If you look at his production, he’s been worth what they’ve paid him when healthy.

  5. cackalackyank - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Interesting year coming up for the NYY pen. Mo comes back for what is most likely his farewell tour. Soriano is gone to the Natties, and Mo’s two most likely in house replacements are arbitration filings. Interesting to see how things go with Robertson. It would seem to me that assuming Rivera is healthy this would seem to be a chance for either Joba or Robertson to learn whatever they can from him. In the unlikely event that Mo bows to mortality it will fall to one of them to fill his shoes NOW. The offseason will bring decision time on Chamberlain, I believe Robertson has one more year of arb left. In any case it will be a different story in ’14 when the starter only goes 6 compared to what it has been for the previous 17 seasons.

  6. kruppk63 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    What a big mistake

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