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Diamondbacks offer $3 million to Joba Chamberlain

Dec 10, 2013, 4:02 PM EST

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Making an already busy day for Arizona even busier, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks have offered former Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain a one-year, $3 million deal.

Presumably the Diamondbacks would use Chamberlain as a reliever given that he hasn’t started a game since 2009. He had a 4.93 ERA in 42 innings this year and his 38/26 K/BB ratio wasn’t any more encouraging, but Chamberlain’s average fastball still clocked in at 94.7 miles per hour.

Chamberlain hasn’t topped 50 innings in a season with an ERA under 4.00 since 2008, when he was a 22-year-old rookie, but despite seemingly being around forever he’s only 28 years old.

  1. schm1471 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Ugh. He’s going to make the desert pine for the days of Heath Bell.

    • bigharold - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      If he can get his control back you’ll be surprised. I’m glad he left NY because he needed a fresh start but the guy can throw. If he ever learns to control it he could be a quality closer.

  2. cackalackyank - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Well this is the only type of deal he should be expecting given his struggles. Regardless of whether they try to stretch him into a starter or use him out of the pen, this is what he needs- to prove himself again. There won’t be visits with the “AL beast” very often.

  3. JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Hey Arizona, you might want to put a “no trampolines” clause in that contract.

  4. mybrunoblog - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Considering the way he’s pitched over the last few seasons he should jump on a plane and get to Arizona asap before someone’ in the Dbacks front office says” Wait, we offered Camberlain what?”

  5. larrymahnken - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Chamberlain has said he wants to go somewhere where they’ll give him a chance to start.

  6. spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Kevin Towers needs body guards.

  7. gbrim - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    DBacks have denied this report. They say no offer made to Joba.

  8. sportsfan18 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Sadly, in this day and age, a $3 million flier on a one yr deal isn’t too bad. Pretty safe actually. If he bombs, he’s gone. If he pitches anywhere close to average he’ll earn his $3 million.

    Just a sad state of pro ball/sports and the money involved.

    Now, IF a team were COUNTING on Joba to be a mainstay of their staff well then that would be a mistake.

    But the Backs aren’t expecting or counting on him to be a mainstay. Just an arm in the pen for middle relief.

    The down side isn’t much if he doesn’t produce.

  9. blynch67 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    It’s a huge overpay because…

    He sucks. As a reliever, as a starter, and as a teammate. Nobody can shout over Mariano Rivera in the clubhouse while he’s giving an interview.

    Based on some of the things that have come out his mouth, I pretty much think he sucks as a human being too.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Nobody can shout over Mariano Rivera in the clubhouse while he’s giving an interview.

      Not what happened, but ok. Also, he had better stats than Hughes did at the respective time, yet Chamberlain was never given the opportunity to make that “5th starter spot”.

      Based on some of the things that have come out his mouth, I pretty much think he sucks as a human being too.

      [citation needed]

  10. hildezero - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    @JuniorGriffey’sRecliner,

    So are trying to say he’s fat, or what, huh?

    • JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      I had a reply typed out and the board ate it apparently, but no, that’s not what I was saying.

  11. jolink653 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    The Yankees ruined Joba with the stupid Joba Rules and turning him from a bullpen arm to a starter back to a bullpen arm to a starter again. He had electric stuff when he came up, but unfortunately his shoulder gave out with all the changes. He may just need a change of scenery and I wish him well as he leaves

  12. dinofrank60 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Thank you, D-backs!

    – the rest of the NL West

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