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Cubs, Royals among teams interested in Joba Chamberlain

Dec 6, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

Beleaguered free agent Joba Chamberlain is drawing interest from the Cubs and Royals, tweets Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Chamberlain, 28, has been ravaged by injuries over the last three seasons. In June 2011, Chamberlain was knocked out for the rest of the season with an elbow injury, eventually undergoing Tommy John surgery. In March 2012, Chamberlain gruesomely dislocated his right ankle while playing on a trampoline with his son. He was already on the mend from the TJ surgery and did not return until August. This past season, he suffered an oblique strain which knocked him out for 27 games.

After Chamberlain was moved out of the starting rotation into the bullpen following the 2009 season, he showed promise when healthy, averaging about 3.5 strikeouts for every one walk thanks to a mid-90’s fastball and a mid-80’s slider. He’s an obvious bounce-back candidate, but he also comes with an injury risk that cannot be ignored.

  1. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!!!!

  2. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    He sucks, btw

    He’s the asshat that talked over Mariano’s interview last year.

  3. slaugin - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    In other news…Theo Epstein caught smoking crack with Rob Ford

    • m3dman3 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      This comment made my night by the way lol

  4. m3dman3 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Breaking news: Joba Chamberlain signs a 10 year 2.4 million dollar contract with the Chicago Cubs.

  5. anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    I wish Joba well, he did some good things a few years ago. That said, I cringed every time that he came into a game. He had a genius for getting 2 strikes on a batter or 2 outs in the inning and then giving up a HR. Similar to Hughes in that respect.

    • southofheaven81 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Watching a guy with mid-90s heat throw a 3-2 slider outside the zone EVERY GODDAMN TIME is the definition of “maddening.”

  6. pisano - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Bombs away.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:23 AM

      That is why AL fans of other teams enjoyed it when he came into a game for the Bronx Bombers.

  7. weaselpuppy - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Fat Zumaya says Feed Me

  8. vincentbojackson - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Cubs? Royals?

    Seems about right.

  9. proudlycanadian - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Go Cubs Go!

  10. blynch67 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Gosh, this story is still funny the next morning!

    Bill Baer, thanks for laugh :)

    btw, what a pile of dogpoo Joba has been on the mound these last few years.

  11. realitypolice - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I don’t think the Yankees did him any favors when they insisted on making him a starter. I know that’s what they drafted him for, I know that’s what he thought he wanted, but sometimes something is just meant to be. And Joba Chamberlain was meant to spend 5 years as Mariano’s set up man and take over the closer’s role when he left.

    Look at his starts in 09. He rarely gave up any runs early in the game, but always got drummed out of the game in 5th/6th inning. He had a reliever’s make up and everyone refused to see it. His confidence was shot and then his arm was shot. He was never the same and now he’s terrible.

    I’m sure I’ll get hammered for this, but I will always believe that alot of the blame for how he turned out goes to how he was handled by the Yankees.

    • 950003cups - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      You might have a very valid argument. Nobody should argue with that.

  12. slaugin - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I can buy that theory, it’s how I feel about Bard

  13. 950003cups - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    IN OTHER NEWS: Joba Chamberlin joins the US Olympic Trampoline Team.

  14. ctony1216 - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    He has decent stuff and worth the risk for the right price — as long as those places aren’t infested with midges.

  15. jakefishh - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Why do we want this guy? He’s been the definition of disappointing and that’s not a thing we want back in KC

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