Sep 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain (62) pitches against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

RUMORS: RHP Joba Chamberlain to the Chicago Cubs?


The Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals are among those interested in reliever free agent Joba Chamberlain, reports New York Daily News’ Yankees beat writer Mark Feinsand.

Chamberlain, 28, was suppose to be the next big pitcher for the New York Yankees in the starting rotation or as Mariano Rivera’s set-up man. Several injuries, including an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery in 2011.

In 2013, the right-hander went 2-1 with a 4.93 ERA, 1.738 WHIP, 1.46 strikeout-walk ratio in 42 innings after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain on May 2.

Due to his injury history, Chamberlin would be a low cost free agent with the potential for a decent return. He made $1.875 million last season and should receive about $2.5 to 3 million via arbitration.

Chamberlain was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round of the 2006 amateur draft with the 41st pick. During his seven-year career, he is 23-14 with a 3.85 ERA, 1.383 WHIP, 2.45 strikeout-walk ratio in 260 appearances.

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