Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Giants & Braves Interested In Joba

George King of the NY Post is reporting that the Braves and Giants have shown interest in Joba Chamberlain. The Braves sent scouts to watch Joba pitch against the Orioles last weekend, and the Giants had people on hand to see him last night against the Twins. Thankfully, Joba had a clean inning that included a strikeout against the Os, while he did give up a walk but no hits or runs last night against the Twins. Before those two appearances, Chamberlain hadn't appeared without giving up at least 1 hit since June 3rd against Cleveland.

Joba is having his worst season, as his ERA is at a career-high 5.75, and he's walking nearly two more batters per 9 innings than he did in the previous three years. But our chubby little middle reliever does miss bats, as evidenced by his 9.7 K/9, and he's throwing harder than he has since 2008.

I can't imagine Chamberlain would get the Yankees much of anything in return, but saving nearly $900,000 while getting even a C-level prospect may be better than keeping him around.

UPDATE: It turns out that the Giants scouts were in Minnesota to check out the Twins bullpen... not Joba.

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