Re-Sign or Let Him Walk: Joba Chamberlain
He was once a part of the crop of prospects that the New York Yankees thought would be in the Bronx for a long time. Well, it hasn’t been that long, although it may seem otherwise, and Joba Chamberlain is already on his way out the door, and the only goodbyes coming his way are sarcastic ones.
After seven seasons in pinstripes, Joba will leave this winter and become someone else’s problem. In the last five seasons, he posted an ERA over 4.35 four times.
The 2013 season was the most disastrous of his career, posting a 4.95 ERA in only 42 innings. He was mostly used in a mop-up role, but even then, he was unable to get hitters out. Yankees manager Joe Girardi pretty much lost faith in him during the season and we saw Chamberlain pitch in close games less and less as the season wore on.
Long before the season ended though, Chamberlain began to get bashed by everyone — fans and media included. It was just a matter of time before the season ended so that he could finally pack his bags and find a new home.
Decision: I hope you brought your walking shoes with you, Joba — the Yankees will let him walk, and they have no reason to keep him. It’s been known for a while that the Yankees aren’t willing to bring him back. He’s been such a disappointment, basically throughout his career.
The team had the “Joba Rules” to help protect his arm when he first arrived in New York, but I think that trying him as a starter is when things started to go south. He was supposed to be the man that replaced Mariano Rivera, but the only person it appears he’ll be replacing is some other mid-level reliever in another MLB bullpen.
Teams like the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves were said to have a little bit of interest in Joba during the trade deadline, but no deals were ever close to being made. It’s unknown if those teams still have any interest.
Gavin Ewbank covers the Yankees for Baseball Hot Corner. Follow him on Twitter, @GavinEwbank2013.