The Cleveland Indians have announced that they have signed relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The Indians will be Joba’s fifth organization since making his debut with the New York Yankees back in 2007. He also played in the major leagues for the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals. He joined the Blue Jays Triple-A team in 2015 but never made it to the big leagues and opted out of his deal weeks later. Chamberlain was drafted in the amateur draft back in 2006 and was one of the Yankees top prospects at one point.
Chamberlain has a career 25-21 record with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He has also struck out 520 batters in 535.1 innings pitched over his eight-year career in the big leagues.
Chamberlain was a hard thrower with the Yankees and Tigers, but injury has held him back from reaching the velocity he once had early in his career. This is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Indians to see if they can spark something in Joba to return to his old form. For Chamberlain, it’s an opportunity to get his career back on track after a disappointing 2015 campaign. Hopefully the bugs are more kind to him the next time he takes the mound at Progressive Field as a member of the Cleveland Indians.
We apologize sincerely, @Joba_44, about the bugs. They won’t be back, we promise.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) December 1, 2015