The Detroit Tigers have another familiar face returning to their bullpen this season. Joba Chamberlain has re-signed with the Tigers after spending the entire offseason on the free agent market.
It was assumed that that 29-year-old just had no takers but according to Chamberlain,
“I had a lot of other teams interested, but at the end of the day, we did what was best for my family and myself. We always talked. We obviously knew the situation, dollars-wise, but in the end, it just worked perfectly.”
Chamberlain helped hold the struggling Tigers bullpen together last season taking over the role of set-up man after Bruce Rondon‘s season-ending elbow injury. He ended up struggling himself, however, down the stretch, posting a 2.63 ERA in the first half and a 4.97 ERA in the second half.
The former Yankees’ ace, pitching as both a starter and a reliever, joined the Tigers as a free agent prior to the 2014 season just two years removed from having Tommy John sugery. Chamberlain had a good experience playing in Detroit saying,
“It was just my teammates and my coaches and the city embraced me. I loved playing there every day, and I left it all on the field.”
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