Tigers, Chamberlain agree to terms on one-year deal
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Dec 13, 2013
"We're starting a new chapter here," Chamberlain said. "Everything's in the past. Six years after his electrifying debut as a Yankees reliever as unhittable as Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain is a Tiger, having agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Detroit, a person close to Chamberlain said Thursday. Last season, Chamberlain appeared in 45 games and posted a 4.93 ERA and 1.74 WHIP. In Game 2 of the Yankees’ American League division series that year, protecting a 1-0 lead against the Indians in Cleveland, Chamberlain was thrown off stride when the field was invaded by a swarm of tiny insects in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Tigers readied to depart the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning with the bullpen as their one piece of business left to address. He pitched in 45 games in 2013, compiling a 2-1 record and a 4.93 earned run average, but in many ways he had become an afterthought in the Yankees’ bullpen and was not someone who figured in the team’s plans.