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Joba Chamberlain has been contacted by “more than a dozen teams”

Nov 9, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

Joba Chamberlain‘s career has gone off the rails after a promising start, but it appears that plenty of teams are interested in taking him on as a reclamation project.

Chamberlain was mishandled early in his career with the infamous “Joba Rules” and hasn’t been the same since returning from Tommy John surgery and an ankle dislocation, posting a 4.74 ERA in 67 relief appearances over the past two seasons. His control was the big issue this year, as he averaged a career-high 5.6 BB/9. Still, he’s only 28 years old and his velocity is still there, so it’s no surprise that multiple teams are targeting him as a buy-low flier.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Go for it Boston!

    • pisano - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      I pray Boston would get him, but they’re not stupid, they proved that last season. Smart moves will get you a fast turn around.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        We can still hope.

      • genericcommenter - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        So will luck.

      • autmorsautlibertas - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Lucky moves.

      • brock2544 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        This guy jaba is garbage, reall truly garbage

    • indaburg - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      Be careful what you wish for, pc. Under Farrell’s tutelage, Joba may be able to work out his control issues.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:17 AM

        1) “Shredder” is not the pitching coach.
        2) On “Shredder’s” watch, 3 Blue Jay pitchers required Tommy John surgery.

      • indaburg - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        A manager who was a pitcher and a pitching coach. You sound a little bitter, pc.

  2. 18thstreet - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I don’t understand how anyone can take these reports at face value. Joba’s still young, so I can understand why a team might have interest in him. But he’s never shown himself to be especially productive (in terms of being good or throwing many innings). What’s the appeal here?

    • bigharold - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Mid 90’s fastball and his age. If some team can help him with his control he could be a very valuable addition to the pen. Perhaps even a decent closer.

      Chamberlain is done in NY. As stated he was mishandled initially and I think he absolutely needs a change of scenery. The crap he got for his ankle injury was uncalled for and way over done. He was playing with his kid. Life happens. It’s not like he got his ass kicked in a strip club or was in a car accident half in the bag.

      He needs to get out of NY. As a Yankee fan I won’t miss him but the way things turned bad wasn’t entirely Chamberlain’s fault. And, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he does very well elsewhere.

      • jwbiii - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Agreed. I think the beating he took in the press for his ankle injury was ridiculous. He was already on the DL after Tommy John surgery.

    • beachnbaseball - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      If you’re looking for a guy who throws a nice fastball but has no idea where it is going after he let’s it go, Chamberlain is your guy.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      He did have one really good season… in 2008, in relief and a dozen starts for 100 innings total. In 2009 he showed promise as a starter- he didn’t do that well overall, but no worse than most 5th starters and he was 23. In 2011, he did very well in limited innings. So he has been good, but he hasn’t been at least league average for a full season in over 5 years.

  3. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    isn’t he the prick who tried to punk Mariano Rivera for asking him to please be quiet?

  4. kmsraj51 - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Reblogged this on KMSRAJ51-Always Positive Thinker.

  5. keltictim - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Darn I wanted the yanks to keep him

  6. tfbuckfutter - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Yeah but at least 7 of those teams were just trying to get his mother’s number so they could score meth.

    • yahmule - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Chamberlain had an alcoholic drug addict mother and he was raised by a father who was born on a reservation and confined to a wheelchair since childhood. Kind of impressive that he’s achieved as much as he has in his short life.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Yeah. I know.

        He’s actually probably a decent guy when he isn’t wearing the Mark of the A-Hole on his head.

        I might even root for him to fulfill his potential depending on where he ends up.

      • Old Gator - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        Didn’t know that stuff about him. He sounds like an expatriate from a Louise Erdrich novel.

    • theskinsman - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      No one hates the yankees more than me, but it’s a totally douche bag move to throw a players’ family member under the bus.

      11 of the 12 teams may have needed someone to throw bags of peanuts to the crowd. The 12th needed someone to pitch batting practice while not in a actual game.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Hopefully Dustin Pedroia’s brother won’t make headlines anytime soon.

      • theskinsman - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:16 AM

        If he does, I have no doubt you’ll stay as classy as always.

  7. clownsfan - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    tfbuckfutter: effin’ hilarious.

  8. cackalackyank - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    As long as he isn’t looking for a lot of $ I’m sure some team will take him as bullpen filler.

    • pisano - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      @ cackalackyank….. or as a BP pitcher. This guy in a game situation is a bomb waiting to go off.

      • cackalackyank - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Maybe some lucky team will get the complete Batting Practice set….Hughes is out there too.

  9. tuucamaron - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    According to his agent or an anonymous source or joba himself

  10. jayquintana - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    I just hope the Dodgers aren’t one of those teams.

  11. tigbiddies - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    All 12 teams were asking him for Mariano Rivera’s contact info to try and lure him back from retirement. Joba is a melon-head. Don’t think he has the mental maturity to become anything of real value to a major league pitching staff.

  12. blynch67 - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    “isn’t he the prick who tried to punk Mariano Rivera for asking him to please be quiet?”

    YES, that was Joba, and good riddance to him.

  13. joergen12 - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    As a Yankees fan I want no part of Joba

  14. farvite - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    God. Teams just can’t get enough of overhyped Yankee farmhands can they?!


  15. rickdobrydney - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    5 year old in a 28 year old body —- just pathetic—

  16. stevem7 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Sounds like an agent trying to run the price up for a broke down, nothing left Joba. Of the dozen teams, at least 9 of them have to be Babe Ruth League teams looking to pull a Danny Almonte on Joba’s age to get him in.

  17. mdobrasz - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I’ll bet his phone has been ringing off the hook!

    Yes, there are at least 12 tee-ball teams in the country in need of assistant coaches right now.

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