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.