Tigers bring in Chamberlain

Updated: December 13, 2013

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – The Detroit Tigers made it official Friday
and agreed to a one-year contract with pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but various reports on Thursday indicated
the deal to be worth $2.5 million.

Chamberlain spent his entire seven-year career with the New York Yankees and
last season posted a record of 2-1 with a 4.93 ERA in 45 relief appearances.

“We are pleased to add an experienced pitcher like Joba to our roster,” said
Tigers president, CEO and general manager David Dombrowski in a statement.
“Joba is an established reliever who can help fill the seventh and eighth
inning role for our club, and will be a nice addition to our bullpen.”

The 28-year-old right-hander burst onto the scene in 2007 with 34 strikeouts
in 24 innings over 19 appearances, then bounced between the rotation and
bullpen the following season before settling into the rotation in 2009.

Chamberlain helped the Yankees to a World Series title in 2009 with a record
of 9-6 and a 4.75 ERA in 32 games, all but one as a starter. He was moved to
the bullpen for the 2009 playoffs and has not started a game since that

In 260 career games, including 43 as a starter, Chamberlain owns a mark of
23-14 with a 3.85 ERA. He has 446 strikeouts in 444 2/3 innings, but has seen
his velocity diminish in recent years, particularly after undergoing Tommy
John surgery in 2011.

The Tigers also designated infielder Danny Worth for assignment to clear a
spot on the 40-man roster.