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Braves and Giants “have an interest in” Joba Chamberlain

Jul 2, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

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According to George King of the New York Post the Braves and Giants “have an interest” in trading for Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. King adds that both teams had a scout watching Chamberlain recently.

I was at Target Field last night, when Chamberlain picked up a win against the Twins with a scoreless inning, although he was all over the place and needed a mound visit at one point. It was an odd appearance.

Overall since coming off the disabled list in late May he’s thrown 11 innings with a 7.36 ERA, allowing opponents to hit .319 with four homers, although he does have a nice 15/4 K/BB ratio during that time.

It’s hard to imagine the Yankees getting a significant return for Chamberlain at this point. Thanks to an assortment of serious injuries he hasn’t thrown more than 30 innings in a season since 2010 and the 27-year-old right-hander is an impending free agent.

  1. natslady - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    He’s only 27? Feels like he’s been around forever.

    • neoshweaty - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      I know, right? I remember when he Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy were supposed to be the future of the franchise. Now, Phil Hughes is at best league average and more consistently below league average. Ian Kennedy is scuffling ever since winning 21 games two years ago and not even in the Yanks system and Joba is just all over the place. (Wasn’t Edwin Jackson part of that group as well?)

      It’s a shame. At various times, those guys showed a hell of a lot of promise.

      • professormaddog31 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        I just watched Ian Kennedy bean people all over the place in Atlanta last weekend. He was terrible. I remember people talking about how much promise he had and it was just seemed to disappear overnight.

      • 161andriver - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        No on the Jackson front. Somehow, in all of his travels, he’s never put on pinstripes. Phil Hughes major fault is lack of a put away pitch. He’s meddled with various types of curveballs over the years, however none have really stuck. He had some misadventures with a pretty terrible cutter as well. He works deep into counts and is a right handed fly ball pitcher in a ballpark that is a dream for left handed power hitters. If he goes to SF, or San Diego he will be a solid #3 starter.

  2. yournuts - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Who do the Giants have that the Yankees would want other than Lincecum? Nobody can hit on the Giants either.

    • paperlions - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      The Yankees aren’t getting anyone you’ve ever heard of in a trade for Joba.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Too bad the return wasn’t based per pound of what you were trading.

      • paperlions - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Hehehe….I think that might actually an inverse relationship

  3. jbriggs81 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Couldn’t the Yankees make him a qualifying offer at the end of the season and pick up a supplemental first round draft pick? That may be a better return than what they would get from him at mid-season…. although I suppose Joba could accept the qualifying offer and then they are stuck with him for 13 mil next season.

    • illegalblues - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      no, that system is reserved for higher tier free agents. not going to affect joba that’s been awful and hurt the last few years.

      • flamethrower101 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        If the Yankees are stupid enough to give Joba a Qualifying Offer at season’s end – assuming he’s still even on the team at that point – they deserve to keep him.

    • jk55299 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      No way. That would mean giving that fat guy 13 million

  4. number42is1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I too have an interest in Joba…. leaving the team

  5. rickdobrydney - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    This clown is making 13 million ??? I give up—–

    • number42is1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      A clown? Like how? does he make you laugh?

    • orangecisco - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      He only makes $1.875 mill…..

    • djpostl - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      He’s making 1.87 Million. The 13 Mil would be if he was eligible to be given a qualifying offer, which he most certainly won’t be.

  6. spudchukar - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Just imagine the possibilities of Joba moving to the Giants. Sandoval could show him all the late-night dining spots in SF.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Funny. I also wonder how he’d do in the much more spacious AT&T.

      But back to your original point, there are some late-night places in the Mission that would close up if they saw both Pablo and Joba heading their way, but I would pay to see those two attacking burritos at Taqueria la Cumbre after midnight.

  7. pisano - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Please dear God let this happen, for that matter, any team would be fine. This guy would do better on another team, there are a lot of Yankee fans that don’t want him on the team.

  8. specialkindofstupid - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    (B)oth teams had a scout watching Chamberlain recently.

    I’ve always wondered…

    How do they know the scouts were there to look at a specific player (in this case, Chamberlain)? I get it if it was a starting pitcher on a the trading block, and scouts showed up on his day to pitch. But Chamberlain is a reliever. How would scouts know he’d even pitch that day? Couldn’t they have been there to scout someone else? Or multiple someones from each team?

    Surely the scouts don’t announce who they are there to see. Which means who they are scouting is purely speculation on the part of others. Right?

    • louhudson23 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Speculating that perhaps they suddenly started paying more attention and charting pitches or speed figures when he appeared…..

    • professormaddog31 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      That’s a great point. I’ve often wondered that, too. Anytime people are “scouting” relievers or pinch hitters, etc, it seems that perhaps they were there for someone else and was like, “Eh, this dude’s on the market too, might as well take notes on him.”

  9. professormaddog31 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I know the Braves are worried about their ‘pen situation, but for Pete’s sake don’t hitch your wagon to this broken down horse…

  10. sycophanticide - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Oh please let it be the Giants!

  11. jayscarpa - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    He still throws in the high 90’s. A change of scenery might do him good, AJ Burnett style.

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      AJ Burnett and Joba are nothing alike. At least AJ had class and handled his tenure with New York well. Joba’s been wearing his welcome out for a while now, culminating with the infamous “Don’t Shush Me!” story with Mariano Rivera.

      • eightyraw - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        This man knows class:

  12. temporarilyexiled - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Sounds like the front office has misinterpreted “Giants”.

  13. nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    This is the first time the Yankees jump at the chance to trade a player to a division rival. Unfortunately, no division rival wants Joba.

  14. bravojawja - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I believe I can speak for Braves fans anywhere when I say:


  15. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    ‘The Joba Rules’….what a joke.

    Perfect example of the Yankees waaaaay overvaluing their players…with the exception of Cano.

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