The Texas Rangers are scouting New York Yankees right-handed
reliever Joba Chamberlain, according to George A. King III of The New York
The Rangers sent Don Welke, a special assistant to general manager
Jon Daniels, to a Yankees’ spring training contest Monday specifically to watch
Chamberlain throw. King notes that the Rangers get the sense that the Yankees
may have bullpen depth to spare, which could make Chamberlain available.
Chamberlain has had one rough outing this spring, but he’s
been otherwise solid over his five appearances. He was limited to 20 2/3
innings last season due to injury, but he’s shown the ability in the past to be
a solid reliever. Over six seasons in the majors, the right-hander owns a
career ERA of 3.73 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.62.
Chamberlain recently ruffled the feathers of Yankee
leadership when he said he can be a starter or closer in the majors. The
27-year-old is set to hit the free agent market following the season, and King
believes New York could be willing to trade him considering they have David
Aardsma and Shawn Kelley in camp as potential middle relievers.
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