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.
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
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.