Joba Chamberlain is now throwing off a half-mound

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According to the Associated Press, Joba Chamberlain has begun throwing off a half-mound as he continues his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery.

Yesterday’s throwing session took place at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Chamberlain threw off a five-inch mound with Yankees’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild and team vice president Billy Connors in attendance.

Chamberlain posted a 2.83 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings before going under the knife last June. The 26-year-old right-hander was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and agreed to a one-year, $1.675 million contract with New York last month. Barring any setbacks, he should be back in the Yankees’ bullpen at some point during the first half of the season.

The Red Sox are willing to deal Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the Boston Red Sox are letting clubs know that Jackie Bradley, Jr. is available via trade.

Trading Bradley would be a knock to the Red Sox defense, but they are likely looking to add some offense and thus willing to make the tradeoff. Bradley is one of baseball’s top defensive center fielders and had a nice year at the plate in 2016, but last year his line fell to .245/.323/.402 with 17 homers and 63 RBI.

If Bradley is moved, the Red Sox could slide Andrew Benintendi to center field and plug a more potent bat in left.