Joba Chamberlain

Joba Chamberlain

The Royals signed Joba Chamberlain and Wandy Rodriguez to minor league deals

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Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have signed pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Wandy Rodriguez to minor league deals. Both will report to Triple-A Omaha.

Chamberlain, 29, was released by the Blue Jays on Friday. They had signed him to a minor league deal 11 days after the Tigers released him in July, but he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) in five innings with Triple-A Buffalo. He put up a 4.09 ERA with a 15/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings at the major league level with the Tigers.

Rodriguez, 36, was released by the Rangers on August 4 after compiling a 4.90 ERA with a 72/36 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings.

Joba Chamberlain released by the Blue Jays

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Joba Chamberlain, who signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays after being released by the Tigers last month, has now been released from the Triple-A team by Toronto.

Chamberlain was awful at Triple-A, allowing 10 runs in five innings, and had an opt-out clause in his contract.

He was actually a decent middle reliever for the Tigers, posting a 3.71 ERA and 74/29 K/BB ratio in 85 innings in 2014 and 2015, but “decent middle reliever” when viewed through the prism of his sky-high expectations as a Yankees prospect is why Chamberlain seems to get a lot more criticism than most pitchers with his ERA.

He’ll latch on somewhere else as a potential setup man, although perhaps not until the offseason.

Blue Jays sign Joba Chamberlain to minor league contract

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As first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Blue Jays have reached agreement on a minor league deal with reliever Joba Chamberlain.

Joba was cut loose by the Tigers before the All-Star break after posting a 4.09 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and 15/5 K/BB ratio across 22 innings. He doesn’t seem to be much of a weapon anymore at age 29, but the Blue Jays are desperate for pitching help of any kind.

Entering play Tuesday, the Toronto pitching staff (starters and relievers) had a combined 4.10 ERA. That ranks 23rd out of the 30 major league teams.

Chamberlain will presumably join the bullpen at Triple-A Buffalo for now.