From Erik Boland of Newsday comes this update on Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain, who suffered a life-threatening dislocation of his right ankle Thursday while jumping on a trampoline with his son:
Chamberlain required an emergency ankle procedure, which will tack on another few months to his already-well-underway recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The 26-year-old reliever is aiming to return to a mound in July, according to the New York Post, with the hope of rejoining the Yankees’ active roster at some point this summer. But both of those goals seem overly optimistic.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.