Clutchlings Blue Jays Minor League Notebook Returns!

Hello faithful readers.  My wife and I were off on a three week vacation – a week in Barcelona, one week in the south of Tenerife (part of the Canary Islands), and a week on that island’s west coast.  We swam in the ocean, climbed a volcano, ate a lot of tapas, and drank a lot of beer and sangria to replenish the fluids we lost in the sub tropical sun. If you ever want to know...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Tiger Joba Chamberlain signs minor-league deal with new team

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain has found a new home. The right-handed reliever, who was released by the Tigers back on July 10, signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday. In 30 games this season, Chamberlain was 0-2 with 15 strikeouts and a 4.09 ERA in 22 innings for the Tigers. Chamberlain, 29, went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA last year. The Tigers signed...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers give Joba Chamberlain unconditional release

The Detroit Tigers announced Friday afternoon that they have given right handed relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain his unconditional release. Chamberlain, along fellow veteran reliever LHP Tom Gorzelanny, was designated for assignment by the Tigers July 3 in a shake up of their struggling bullpen. Earlier this week, Gorzelanny accepted outright assignment to Triple-A Toledo. In 30...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
19 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: should they look to reunite with Joba Chamberlain?

Early Friday afternoon, various baseball sources reported that the Detroit Tigers gave up on 2014 free agent signing Joba Chamberlain, as they designated him for assignment. Although the Tigers looked to Chamberlain to help solidify the back end of their bullpen, he failed at doing so – hence the move. In the 2015 season, Chamberlain had an unsatisfactory 4.09 earned run average...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers let go relievers Chamberlain, Gorzelanny

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have designated veteran relievers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment and activated catcher Alex Avila off the disabled list. Chamberlain struggled all season as Joakim Soria's set-up man. In his last seven games, including six Tigers losses, he had a 14.40 ERA and allowed opponents to post a .444 batting average with four homers in...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.79: Blue Jays at Tigers

Well, us fans aren’t the only ones who feel like something has to be done with this team. The front office started off by shaking up the bullpen. It couldn’t hurt, right? The Tigers brought up converted starters John Ferrell from Toledo and Drew VerHagen from AA Erie, and gave the boot to Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzellany (which leaves Hardy as the only lefty in the bullpen...
Via Tigers Weblog
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers designate Chamberlain, Gorzelanny for assignment; Avila returns to lineup

DETROIT -- The youth movement is on in the Tigers' bullpen. The Tigers made a flurry of moves Friday, starting with designating Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had the unenviable task of telling two veterans they were being let go. "I know Joba struggled here recently at the end, but without Joba, we don't win the division last year...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tigers DFA reliever Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny

Apparently the Tigers DO have a line that can’t be crossed when it comes to relievers costing them games. Friday, Detroit designated for assignment right-handed pitcher Joba Chamberlain clearing some space on the 40-man roster. It’s been a struggle for the veteran Chamberlain who has just 15 K’s in 22 innings of relief including a 4.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. Adding insult to injury...
Via The Majors Detroit
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers notes: Tom Gorzelanny, Alex Avila and lineup changes

  Joba Chamberlain wasn’t the only one designated for assignment. The Detroit Tigers cut ties with Tom Gorzelanny too. After the team announced that Jeff Ferrell and Drew VerHagen would join the bullpen before Friday’s game, it seemed the struggling veterans were likely gone. The Tigers signed Gorzelanny to be its top left-hander out of the bullpen, but he’s posted a 6.37...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers designate Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment

The Detroit Tigers have designated relief pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment as they attempt to shake up their struggling bullpen. Chamberlain’s job status became shaky after allowing eight runs in his last seven appearances. On the season he had a 4.09 ERA and a nasty 1.68 WHIP with 15 strike outs and five walks in 22 innings of work. Things were no better...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers’ Joba Chamberlain designated for assignment

It was a low-risk move when the Detroit Tigers re-signed Joba Chamberlain in February. Less than halfway through the season, it became apparent it wasn’t working. The Tigers essentially admitted as much when the club designated Chamberlain for assignment Friday afternoon. The team has 10 days to trade, waive or release the right-hander. Tigers have designated Joba Chamberlain...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers to call up minor league closer Jeff Ferrell

Fresh off getting swept at home by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a series where the bullpen pitched 16 1/3 innings in three games, the Detroit Tigers appear to be shaking things up. First reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade that RHP Jeff Ferrell, who had just joined Triple-A Toledo, will join the Tigers tomorrow for the beginning of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers' Joba Chamberlain after poor performance: 'I'd boo myself too'

Joba Chamberlain had a rough day at the office on Wednesday and his critics sure let him have it. The Tigers reliever was booed off the mound after giving up three home runs in a span of four batters in the eighth inning of the Tigers' 9-3 loss to the Tigers. Chamberlain, however, wasn't upset with the fans' reaction, he felt he deserved it. "I'd boo myself, too," Chamberlain told...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Simon, Chamberlain hit hard as Tigers fall to Pirates 9-3

DETROIT (AP) For the second night in a row, Joba Chamberlain got booed by his home fans Wednesday. He can't blame them. Detroit's set-up man allowed an inherited runner to score a key run in Tuesday's 14-inning loss to the Pirates, then allowed three homers in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh won 9-3 on Wednesday. ''I can't be mad, I would have booed me too,'' said the Tigers' set...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Joba Chamberlain gave fan the jacket off his back The day before Joba Chamberlain made a hero out of Angels infielder Johnny Giavotella by giving up a game-winning single, e made a hero out of himself by giving a young Tigers fan the jacket off his back. Taylor Mathews, a seven-year old Tigers fan, were at Angels Stadium Saturday for in time for batting practice.  Chamberlain was warming up in the outfield when he noticed...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski, Brad Ausmus Keep Setting Tigers’ Bullpen up to Fail

The Tigers led by three, with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, when things unraveled Wednesday night. Joba Chamberlain gave up a single, then another (a line shot Nick Castellanos said he should have caught), followed by a game-tying home run. Inexplicably, Chamberlain stayed out for three more batters. All three singled, driving home the go-ahead run in what became a 7-6 Detroit...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Notes: Chamberlain throws first bullpen; Mantiply on Tigers' radar

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joba Chamberlain threw his first bullpen of the spring with the Tigers and according to him, "everything's good." Chamberlain said he threw 28-30 pitches and was happy with it. "I threw everything, everything feels really good and obviously it was nice being able to throw to John (Murrian), our bullpen catcher, he saw me all last year so he could kind of get a feel...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Tigers bring back Joba Chamberlain

The Detroit Tigers brought in a familiar face, which can be hard to recognize if you look back to his days with the New York Yankees, hence the big beard he has. According to reports, the Detroit Tigers signed Joba Chamberlain to a one-year contract worth $1 million, a year after signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. At first, a little hesitation crossed my mind when...
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Re-Signing Joba Reeks Of Desperation

Joba Chamberlain   The Detroit Tigers added another arm to the bullpen mix today by re-signing Joba Chamberlain to a 1-year, $1 million dollar deal, plus incentives. Instead of inspiring joy in the hearts of Tigers fans, this move should inspire panic. The Tigers bullpen was bad in 2014 and likely won’t be much better in 2015. There have been several moves made to “improve”...
Via The Majors Detroit
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Sign Joba Chamberlain to One-Year Deal

On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers, brought back a familiar face to their bullpen by signing Joba Chamberlain to a one-year Major League contract.  According to, the contract  for the 29-year-old Chamberlain is reportedly worth $ 1 million, with an additional $ 500,000 in incentives. By bringing back the right-handed reliever, it will definitely add some depth to what has for...
Via Baseball Essential
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Joba Chamberlain Returns to Detroit

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...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers sign reliever Joba Chamberlain to a one-year deal

Tuesday morning the Tigers brought back 2014 setup man Joba Chamberlain on a one-year Major League deal for roughly $1M plus incentives. Joba Chamberlain spotted in #Tigers’ camp. In agreement with club on one-year, major-league deal, pending physical, per source. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 24, 2015 As far as the reasoning behind his return to the Tigers, aside...
Via The Majors Detroit
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Joba Chamberlain Can Help Again in 2015

It is no secret that the Detroit Tigers bullpen was the most glaring weakness of a team that was supposed to contend for a World Series. One of the few successes, however, was Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain is not close to being one of the top relievers in baseball. He is good enough though that he would be able to help a team out, especially one looking to make a deep playoff run...
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Could Joba Chamberlain be a fit for the Indians bullpen?

Last week, rumors circulated that the Indians were still interested in adding one more legitimate late-inning reliever to their bullpen. The options are winding down, so one particular name caught my eye over the weekend. ESPN’s Jim Bowden — yes, that same Jim Bowden who imploded during the trade deadline season — wrote an article on Friday about the best fits for the 10 remaining...
Via Waiting For Next Year
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers rumors: Jason Grilli edition

I know I may sound like a broken record since I am always talking about the Detroit Tigers signing relief pitchers in the offseason, but that is their biggest need. The Tigers had one of the worst bullpens in the game last season, even with big splash names like Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan signed to carry the load. Now while Chamberlain is a free agent, Nathan is not and reports...
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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