Tigers Sign Joba Chamberlain

11:56am: Chamberlain's deal includes $500K in performance bonuses based on games pitched that would bring his salary up to $3MM, tweets Jason Beck of MLB.com. 

10:35am: Having already added Joe Nathan to solidify the ninth inning, the Tigers made an upside play by adding right-hander Joba Chamberlain to the mix. The Tigers today officially announced the signing of Chamberlain to a one-year deal that is reportedly worth $2.5MM plus incentives. Chamberlain is represented by Jim Murray of Excel Sports Management.

The 28-year-old former top prospect struggled through his worst season (in terms of ERA) as a Major Leaguer in 2013, posting a 4.93 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 5.6 BB/9 and a 41.5 percent ground-ball rate in 42 innings for the Yankees. Chamberlain was significantly better away from Yankee Stadium, posting a 3.54 ERA on the road compared to a 6.23 mark at home in a roughly equal sample size. Chamberlain's velocity remained strong in his first full season back from 2011 Tommy John surgery, as he averaged a healthy 94.7 mph on his fastball.

Chamberlain will join a new-look Tigers bullpen that features active saves leader Joe Nathan in the ninth inning. Joaquin Benoit is on the free agent market but doesn't appear likely to return, and left-hander Drew Smyly figures to shift from the 'pen into the rotation following the offseason trade of Doug Fister to the Nationals. Left-hander Ian Krol, acquired in the Fister deal, should join Nathan and Chamberlain as new additions.

Further additions seem unlikely, as GM Dave Dombrowski told Lynn Henning of the Detroit News on Thursday that his offseason shopping was mostly done, save for one bullpen arm that "won't be a biggie" (Twitter link).

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports first tweeted that the Tigers were a possible landing spot for Chamberlain. ESPN's Buster Olney reported (via Twitter) that the Tigers' interest was "serious," and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that a one-year agreement was in place (Twitter link). Olney then reported news of the $2.5MM guarantee plus incentives (on Twitter).

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  1. Rollie Fingerbangers 2 years ago

    The rest of the AL Central loves this move… Maybe the Tigers need to see what Joel Zumaya is up to as well…

    • Ruben_Tomorrow 2 years ago

      This is a move if the Rays or Cardinals made it, they are geniuses, but if 20 other teams make it they have “no idea” what they are doing.

      • Karkat 2 years ago

        There’s a reason that neither the Rays nor the Cardinals made this move…….

        • slider32 2 years ago

          As far as I know Rays have never won a world series!

          • Karkat 2 years ago

            Considering the Rays have only been a legitimate team for 6 seasons I’m not sure what your point is

          • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

            im not sure what yours is either…

      • Rollie Fingerbangers 2 years ago

        Your being a homer. If you think Joba is a big signing. Then the Tigers have BIG problems.

        • Ruben_Tomorrow 2 years ago

          It’s not a big signing, but for the money I don’t think it’s an awful signing. Joba looked done last season, but I don’t want to entirely write him off yet. I would like to see him get his chance with another organization before casting a final judgment on him.

        • Taylor Hope 2 years ago

          You are clearly missing the point.

    • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

      The rest of the AL Central still hates that the Tigers have the three best SP in the division along with the best hitter.

      • durf81 2 years ago

        I think Sale is above at least Sanchez…

        • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

          1. Scherzer
          2. Verlander
          3. Sale
          4. Shields
          5. Sanchez

          In my opinion.

          • snapcase8p 2 years ago

            I don’t know, I’m a Tigers’ fan and if you told me to pick one pitcher to start a game for me, I might go with Sale. Long term, I’m not sure only cause I feel like his delivery screams arm troubles in the future.

          • FunkyTime 2 years ago

            I don’t know how you can say that after the playoffs this year. Verlander, yet again, came up huge in every single game. And Scherzer wasn’t far behind him.

          • snapcase8p 2 years ago

            Please, aside from padding his stats against the A’s woeful offenses the last couple of years, Verlander has been mostly disappointing in the playoffs and in big games.

          • Kirk Edward Gerwin 2 years ago

            yeah those game 5 starts deciding your fate is just padding the stats.

          • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

            The A’s woeful offenses? From 2012-2013 they’ve been 7th in the AL in wOBA, and 2nd in ISO.

            How has Verlander disappointed in the postseason? Since 2012, he has 51.3 innings and a 1.40 ERA. That’s dominant if you ask me.

          • snapcase8p 2 years ago

            You can pull whatever stats you want, but the truth is, no one is scared of Oaklands’ offense. When Coco Crisp is your most relied on hitter, your offense has problems.

          • Guest 2 years ago

            What on earth are you talking about? He had a .039 ERA in the playoffs. What a bum!

            I refuse to believe you’re a Tigers fan. More likely just someone looking to troll.

          • Guest 2 years ago

            What on earth are you talking about? He had an ERA of 0.39 in the playoffs. How disappointing!

            I refuse to believe you’re a Tigers fan. More likely just someone looking to troll.

          • snapcase8p 2 years ago

            Take out Verlander’s stats versus the A’s the last 2 years and then tell me how well JV’s career playoff numbers look. And I love the Tigers, doesn’t mean I’m a complete homer. Just because you want to look at JV with lust in your eye, doesn’t mean everyone else has to. While JV is a great pitcher, there are a few other pitchers I would take over him. And if you’ve watched the Tigers as much as I have, then you would know JV does has a tendency to choke in big games. Either way, I stand by what I said. If it came down to one game, I think I would choose Sale over JV. Long term, it would be JV because his delivery is much more natural than Sale’s and I fear an arm injury for him.

          • FunkyTime 2 years ago

            It’s completely insane to think that those dominant game 5 performances against the As were not big games. Those were the biggest games JV has ever pitched, and he performed amazingly.

          • McTigers 2 years ago

            Yeah, he beat CC and CJ Wilson (respective team aces in 2011), dominated Oak in ’12 and ’13, and shut down NY and Bos the same years. How disappointing. He laid one egg against the Giants on the road in ’12 and struggled in ’06 (rookie season).

          • Tribe82 2 years ago

            As a Tribe fan…I’d love to see Sale pitch against us everyday.

          • paqza 2 years ago

            I respectfully disagree with Shields above Sánchez on performance but I do agree on health.

        • tune-in for baseball 2 years ago

          I think he meant the top three in order. You are comparing a #1 to a #3. IMO Sanchez will have as good or better season in ’14 as Max.

      • Overbrook 2 years ago

        Tigers will walk away with the division this year. But their window continues to narrow, and soon those pitchers will be rolling off except for Verlander, who has reached his peak already. By 2016, it will be the Twins fighting it out with the White Sox.

    • disadvantage 2 years ago

      Somehwere in the world, Joel Zumaya is playing Rock Band.

  2. phillies1102 2 years ago

    They need to hire a Santa Claus for Comerica Park, and Joba has the perfect build for the job.

  3. matt luce 2 years ago

    Tigers have made there team terrible so far. Bad moves

    • Rizzo44 2 years ago

      Kinsler is a nice pick up. Top 5 in 2b in the entire league unfortunately his numbers will suffer in Comerica

      • airohpue13 2 years ago

        Ya the Tigers are terrible, I only hope they finish with a better record than the Astros….Some people…

      • abbatoirnoises 2 years ago

        I don’t quite understand that comment. Maybe some of his home runs will go down, but I’d expect him to be able to make it up in doubles & triples in Comerica. For a top of the lineup bat, that’s all Detroit needs from him.

    • abbatoirnoises 2 years ago

      The Fister deal is the only one they’ve really “lost” and time will tell if the prospect they got back evens out. Their station-to-station style wasn’t working in the playoffs, so with a new manager they decided to be a more versatile team that can manufacture runs. Seems like a logical idea to me.

      • Paul Burdette 2 years ago

        I totally agree. What was the one thing the Tigers COULD do in the playoffs? Pitch. What were the 3 things they COULD NOT do in the playoffs? Field, Run the bases, and Hit. I understand hitting is mostly a mental thing, but at least they will now be better defensively and be able to run the base paths with the speed.

        Dont get me wrong though, I will miss watching the Big Boy truck down the base paths.

      • Taylor Hope 2 years ago

        Agreed. Not to mention, OP is deciding Detroit has gotten worse before even playing a game this season. Wouldn’t shock me if they were actually better than last year. Should have a more stable pen, Cleveland hasn’t exactly made any big splashes this offseason and Dayton Moore continues to be Dayton Moore.

    • EightMileCats 2 years ago

      Eh, I don’t like this move so much. At least not at that price. I like the Fielder/Kinsler swap, Davis and Nathan signings. It gives the Tigers a new identity where a power outage at a bad time doesn’t end is disaster.

      I am, however, going to pretend that Doug Fister decided to retire early and the trade never happened.

      • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

        The other teams in the NL East don’t have the luxury of that piece of mind.

        However, Joba’s move isn’t that bad… it’s a 1-year deal… if it were a 3-year deal, different story. 1-year, low dollar deal means your fans can’t complain.

        • EightMileCats 2 years ago

          Issue I have with it is you could’ve kept Veras for a mere 1.35 mil more if Joba fails to hit any incentives at all… That’s figuring the 4 Mil salary for Veras minus the buyout.
          And I personally have more faith in Veras

          • Jake13 2 years ago

            Do you realize that over the course of their careers Joba is the better pitcher and has way better stuff?

          • EightMileCats 2 years ago

            A lot of that can be credited to his breakout rookie season. He’s been dreadful the last 3 years

          • Jake13 2 years ago

            He still has great stuff and has had stretches where he’s been good. If Jeff Jones fixed Scherzer he can certainly fix Joba.

          • EightMileCats 2 years ago

            If Joba can be fixed, it’s a great move…. But that’s a big if

          • Taylor Hope 2 years ago

            I understand where you’re going with this but even after the injury, Joba’s “upside” is higher than Veras’. As unlikely as it is, Joba has the tools to be a great pen piece who is 5x better than Veras. Again, unlikely, but that chance alone is worth paying $1.35M less, IMO.

  4. Rizzo44 2 years ago

    Joba the hut is gonna get rocked all year. The tigers will end up dfa

    • paqza 2 years ago

      Joba’s going to throw gas and win the Comeback Player of the Year award.

  5. Beantownbomber13 2 years ago

    HA! That’s awful.

  6. Robert Mango 2 years ago

    What a great signing for the Yankees, they don’t have to have him on their team and on top of that he goes to a contender making them worse!

    • Ley_Z 2 years ago

      As a Yankee fan, I hope some Tigers starters go down and they are crazy enough to let Joba start again. He throws a complete game shutout and goes on to win multiple Cy Youngs, just to make the Yankees look stupid.

  7. Tazz 2 years ago

    Joba used to be great. Until the curse of the flies happened. In his first year he was awesome, then in the playoffs he was attacked by nats. The game had to be delayed several times to spray the mound. Since then he hasnt been the same, the tigers are doing the yankees a huge favor by signing him

  8. Chad Woelk 2 years ago

    As a Royals fan I love the Tigers offseason moves this winter!!!!

    • snapcase8p 2 years ago

      Why, you’re still gonna come in 3rd in the central at best.

      • Chad Woelk 2 years ago

        When you lose players like Peralta, Fister, Ofante, and Prince it will def hurt. But hey, at least you re-signed Phil Coke!!!!

        • Alexander Childress 2 years ago

          I’m a die hard Tigers fan but I’ve always pulled for KC (so long is it isn’t at the expense of the Tigers)…but even with these curious deals, KC doesn’t compare to the Tigs. I think its still our Division by a bunch.

        • mmwatkin 2 years ago

          Peralta is replaced with Jose Iglesias, Fister is replaced with Drew Smyly, Infante is replaced with Ian Kinsler, and Fielder is replaced with Nick Castellanos.

          I don’t think that is a huge downgrade.

          • tune-in for baseball 2 years ago

            Don’t forget the dollars saved from Prince and Fister allowed us to get Nathan.

          • Mr Pike 2 years ago

            And Santiago is replaced by Lombardozzi and Tui is replaced by Rajai.

        • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago


          • Karkat 2 years ago

            Per your list…

            Infante to Kinsler: +1.4
            Peralta to iglesias: -1.5
            Fister to Smyly: -1.3
            Fielder to Castellanos: -1.9

            That would be a total of -3.3 WAR

          • Robert Bergman 2 years ago

            plus 2.4 for the money saved used for nathan
            minus .06 for the money saved used for joba
            thats only -1.5 considering players smyly and castellanos are on the curve up and they still have money to spend. good offseason so far

          • Mr Pike 2 years ago

            Now add in Tuiasosopo to Davis and Santiago to Lombardozzi

          • Jake13 2 years ago

            Castellanos played like 5 games, Iglesias didn’t start all year, and Smyly pitched out of the bullprn. Really it is about a -.5-.5 WAR difference

      • bob smit 2 years ago

        As an Indians fan… I’m seeing the division fall into our hands this year. Long as we solidify our pitching, we’ll get it.

        • snapcase8p 2 years ago

          How do you figure that? Our pitching is way better than the Tribes’, and so is our offense. Just because we traded Fielder doesn’t mean we all of a sudden lost the ability to score…

    • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

      I’m sure the Tigers are saying the same about KC. Aoki? Vargas? Not exactly what I would call major upgrades.

    • AL_Comedy_Central 2 years ago

      Their infield defense improved by roughly +40 DRS, and they’re faster (and presumably more aggressive) on the base paths. Thanks for the vote of confidence, but you may want to worry more about how to defend your over-.500 season from a year ago.

      • Chad Woelk 2 years ago

        Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I wish the Royals had an owner who was willing to spend money like the Tigers do. Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball and a joy to watch. The Tigers def needed to get faster but they lost a lot of good players as well. If there was a year to knock off the Tigers this would be the year before my team starts trading away key pieces like we are use to. Aoki finally gives us a true leadoff hitter and its up to Gordon, Hosmer, Butler and Perez to drive in runs. After a 28 year playoff drought I just want to see a postseason, lol.

        • AL_Comedy_Central 2 years ago

          I suppose I shouldn’t be so quick to mount the high horse, seeing as The Tigers being the most dreadful franchise in sports, while over, is not exactly ancient history. Illitch’s over abundant spending is a relatively recent thing, and IMO will only last as long as his ticker allows. Until something changes, I’ll always have you by 1 year in WS drought! Haha.

        • McGlovin 2 years ago

          I personally think the Aoki deal was a very nice move for KC given they can finally move Gordon from the lead off spot and that in turn makes their lineup deeper. As a Tiger fan I would love Alex Gordon roaming left field sporting the Olde English D.

      • Don’t forget the Manager is at least 50 IQ points smarter in 2014.
        Brad Ausmus won’t bring in Triple A guys to protect a 1 run lead in the 8th “just to see what they have” the way Leyland did.

    • EightMileCats 2 years ago

      On that note, I’m a big fan of the Vargas signing. He should be pitching more often than Joba. Replacing Santana with Vargas is not an improvement…

      • Jake13 2 years ago

        Vargas is a league average pitcher, that move will cost them 3-4 wins

  9. DerekJeterDan 2 years ago

    As a Yankees fan, I really wish him a lot of luck. Pitching in Comerica should help
    I’m not one to forget the promise he showed coming up as a Rookie.
    Joba Chamberlain was a beast in the making. He just didn’t pan out.

    • JacobyWanKenobi 2 years ago

      Joba Rules wrecked him.

    • AL_Comedy_Central 2 years ago

      If you would put as much development into your prospects as you do hype, this would be a tremendous signing!

      (Says the fan of an organization who puts in very little of either)

  10. Tim DeWalt 2 years ago

    Beg to differ, depending on the terms Joba is an excellent buy-low candidate. The Tigers under-performed their win expectation by 6 games last year because they won blowouts and couldn’t manufacture a run in close games. They will be much better at that this year. I like the signing altho Joba may be relegated to a mop up role if he doesn’t get straightened out. Coming off his worst year I would say he is an excellent bet to do better.

  11. Brandon Mason 2 years ago

    One Word -> WHY!?

    • Mike 2 years ago

      Low risk, high reward. What teams do in this situation is look at strikeout rate, velocity, etc., whatever it takes to find some positives that may indicate a bounce back year. Nobody hated Joba more than me since ’07 but I welcome him aboard because he’s like a really nice car with all the right parts but the wiring is all messed up…hopefully Jeff Jones can help him regain his form.

      • Brandon Mason 2 years ago

        Yeah That’s True. Hopefully For the Tigers He Can Return To His 2008/2011 Form.

      • NickinIthaca 2 years ago

        Joba sounds like an American made car… Fitting that he signed with Detroit…

  12. ColoredPaper 2 years ago

    I actually like this move, provided it’s not a long-term deal and at close to a minimum investment.

    He really needed to get out of the spotlight of New York, and Detroit’s park is still a pitcher’s park.

    • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

      The way Joba was utilized and treated in NY was problematic. The incident with Mariano was completely overblown and shown only in the favor of Mariano (never mind that Joba’s family came to watch him pitch, which they don’t get to do that often). He was never given the opportunity to start (which he did all through college). Detroit is a strong sports town and has a bright spotlight on its stars, but I think he’ll be able to thrive much better there than he did in Detroit.

  13. Thunda Pig 2 years ago

    Miguel Cabrera better not tell him to quite down during the press conferance. He’ll tell him to shut up! #respectMo

  14. MB923 2 years ago

    Umm, enjoy Tigers

    • Jake13 2 years ago

      We will, the guy who fixed Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and Drew Smyly will be his pitching coach. He has straight nasty stuff and Jeff Jones is amazing with pitchers with nasty stuff, he is going to have a nice season.

      • MB923 2 years ago

        That’s just 3 pitchers you listed. What about all the other problems you’ve had in the bullpen? Valverde? Coke? Albequerque? Downs? Alvarez?

        I can’t picture Joba being a disaster next year, but don’t expect the Joba of old. Expect Joba to be about average.

        • Taylor Hope 2 years ago

          Albuquerque has had one bad season, in which he still posted a positive WAR and less than 1 HR per 9.

  15. Troy 2 years ago

    I dont think DD is of sound mind. Coke Kelly Joba Fister Fielder Davis. I dont get it. Why not sign a proven arm? Even spend a mil or 2 more and get a good setup guy.

  16. Adam Brunelle 2 years ago

    Dude clearly has talent, but he hasn’t exactly been able to control his weight and physical shape in recent years. There’s a reason the Yankees have dismissed out of hand the idea of re-signing him. Maybe the Tigers will catch lightning in a bottle.

    • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

      Sometimes, a player’s success, or lack thereof, has more to do with location/environment than it does their talent. Big guys have done alright in the pitching arena: David Wells, Bartolo Colon (aided by PEDs, I know), Sabathia… it could just be that Joba needed a change of scenery.

      He may be an enormous bust, he may be the saving grace for that ball club… at the end of the day, the Tigers are paying him all that much, and there’s a reason for that.

    • Robert Brincheck 2 years ago

      His 6.23 ERA at home is the biggest reason for NYY to take a pass, along with the fact that Yankee fans seem to have had enough of Joba. Similar to the Tigers sending Jason Girili to Colorado for next to nothing. Girilli had talent, and eventually harnessed that effectively, but its tough to achieve your potential when the home crowd is against you and assumes you will fail every time out.

  17. godewey 2 years ago

    on the bright side, at least he’s cheaper than valverdi or benoit.
    if your going to pay somebody to give up runs late in games
    then it may as well be joba.

  18. Zachary Eick 2 years ago

    it just better be for less than the rumored $3M he was offered by somebody…

  19. Robert Brincheck 2 years ago

    Everything depends on the term and amount of the contract. If it is 1 yr and very incentive laden then it is a nice signing. If it’s multi-year and Joba is the last FA add to the bullpen then that would be a major concern. Even if it is somewhere in between, his road stats show promise that he can be a decent 7th inning guy or even 8th, outside of the NYY spotlight and Yankee stadium. However, I hope he is not the last guy DD signs for the bullpen.

  20. Macfan01 2 years ago

    Teams in the Central should be salivating about the Tigers regression this offseason.

    • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

      As of December 10, the Tigers still have 7/2 odds to win the AL pennant, best in the AL. The Royals are the next best Central team at 15/1. It would be an upset if the Tigers didn’t win the AL Central in 2014.

      • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

        Losing Fister will hurt them a little, especially with him being replaced with Porcello… adding Drew Smyly to the rotation could be their best move yet.

        • Mr Pike 2 years ago

          Fister won 24 games the last two years. Porcello won 23. Smyly can win 23 in two years.
          Where it will hurt them is if someone gets injured for 2 or 3 months early in the season before Ray is ready for a tryout.

          • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

            Please tell me you’re not comparing Fister and Porcello to one another by wins alone.

          • bobbleheadguru 2 years ago

            Remove Porcello’s two starts where he gave up 9 and 8 runs, and almost every Porcello stat is better than Fister.

            If Porcello exactly matches his pitching from last year, and Ausmus takes him out at the first sign of trouble (perhaps once every 8-10 starts), then his numbers will be well ahead of Fister in 2014. A big part of that will be the improved Tigers defense.

          • McTigers 2 years ago

            Both those starts came against the Angels and featured some of the flukiest hits I ever saw. Rick had two days where he had some bad voodoo working against him on the mound that make his stats look WAY worse than they really are.

          • Mr Pike 2 years ago

            That nine runs in the first inning game was one of the unlukiest things I ever saw. Five infield hits and two Texas Leaguers. He gave up one solid hit and a corker of a home run, but after 40 something pitches that inning. Felt terrible for him.

          • EightMileCats 2 years ago

            I’m not saying Porcello is as good as Fister by any means. Fister is a really good pitcher, but Porcello is very underrated. His FIP last year was better than Fister’s FIP as well… (might’ve been xFIP)
            Either way, Porcello is capable of filling the 4th spot

          • Mr Pike 2 years ago

            No. That was to keep it simple. Porcello is 5 years younger, lost 1 less game this year and had nearly the same BB/9 and K/9. Porcello also had a better WHIP.
            Porcello is the one who is undervalued.

          • McTigers 2 years ago

            Amen. And that slick infield defense is going to work wonders for Rick I think. We might finally see the pitcher he’s been touted as for years.

    • snapcase8p 2 years ago

      Except for the fact they still have to hit against our pitchers, and our offense is still better than any team in the central.

    • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

      What significant moves has any other Central team made that will propel them ahead of Detroit? Aoki to KC? Murphy to CLE? Abreu to CWS? Please enlighten us.

    • bobbleheadguru 2 years ago


      Tigers gained +40 runs with their new look infield defense compared to Opening Day 2013. That more than makes up for the loss of Fielder. (source: ESPN),

      And they finagled a LF platoon to be almost as good as Ellsbury (.800 OPS, good defense, 40 steals) at 1/3rd the total cost.

      • McTigers 2 years ago

        Don’t forget the runs they lose by Prince and JP’s homeruns will probably be evened out by avoiding double plays and taking extra bases at a serious fraction of the cost. I’m a little worried at how much the team will depend on inexperienced guys like Smyly (as a starter), Castellanos, Rondon, and Krol though…

  21. Mr Pike 2 years ago

    Omar Vizquel just got Castellanos for a winter assignment. Now we know what Jonesy will be doing this winter.
    You have to wonder if a change of scenery will help him the way it helped Ryan Raburn.

  22. As a Sox fan who lives 45 mins away from Yankee stadium, the failure of the “Joba Rules” and those silly t-shirts has brought me a lot of joy.

  23. Heliosphan 2 years ago

    At 2.5 million, you could do worse. Then again, we could have just picked up Veras’ option.

    • abbatoirnoises 2 years ago

      Pretty sure Veras’ option was bumped up to $4mil by finishing a certain amount of games in 2013.

  24. Nathan Walter 2 years ago

    $2.5m for his contract, that’s worth the risk.

  25. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

    I wonder what the incentives will be based on. He wont be closing with Nathan on board. What will it be holds, IP, G?

    • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

      I hope it has a clause that requires his ERA to be below a certain point.

  26. Tribe82 2 years ago

    Now that Prince is gone they had to find another fat player to replace him with.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

      They definitely missed the boat on Colon then, at least Chamberlin is cheaper per pound

      • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

        They were defiant in getting on the boat? I might be, as well, for Colon.

        • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

          lol spell checker error, meant definitely

          • Nathan Walter 2 years ago

            I know what you meant 😉 Just had to play some fun at it.

  27. Kevin Ragusa 2 years ago

    I like the Tigers moves this offseason. Much better defensive team and an improved bullpen. C – Avila, 1B – Cabrera, 2B – Kinsler, SS – Iglesias, 3B – Castellanos, LF – Davis, CF – Jackson, RF – Hunter, DH – Martinez. That’s a good team and they have great SPs – Verlander, Scherzer, Sanchez, Smyly, Porcello

    • Troy 2 years ago

      I noticed you left the weak bullpen off your list

      • McGlovin 2 years ago

        He mentioned Rajai Davis in his initial post. The fact Rajai will start 60 ish games (if he truly only plays vs lhp) and play bad defense makes a 2 yr/10 mill deal even more of a head scratcher. I get his speed, that’s evident. But he’s pretty bad at every thing else.

      • Kevin Ragusa 2 years ago

        It’s not as weak as last year. I think Rondon is ready to contribute, Krol is a solid arm and I like Albuquerque. Obviously, they’ve added Nathan who is one of the best closers in the game. Not sure how their bullpen is “weak” in comparison to the other teams at the top of the AL

        • Troy 2 years ago

          The Bullpen was one of the worst last year. We lost Benoit and got Nathan. Prob an upgrade but Nathan isnt young. Other than adding Krol who is young and inexperienced especially against AL hitters, Detroit has the same bullpen. Coke 5+ ERA Joba 5 era, AL AL is to wild and cant control all that power same for Rondon cant control his stuff. Luke Putoken? Reed? Lost Smyly. Not seeing much improvement here. Now im hoping that AL AL and Rondon gain control of their stuff and Krol pitches to his 2013 levels in the least and Coke is uses and a lefty specialist only and Joba finds his rookie magic but that sure is a lot of wishing and hoping.

          • Kevin Ragusa 2 years ago

            all teams have question marks in the relief department. I can’t think of a single team that has an amazing bullpen except for the Cardinals and that’s only if they keep Rosenthal and Martinez in there. To me Detroit is still the best team in the AL

    • psabella 2 years ago

      Think your missing a ,lot of defense if you move iglesias away from SS where he is a magician.

      • psabella 2 years ago

        Guess I read it wrong?

        • S.M. Jenkins 2 years ago

          You also used ‘your’ when ‘you’re’ was called for.

          There’s always tomorrow.

          • McGlovin 2 years ago

            I wouldn’t call Rajai Davis any sort of defensive upgrade. He makes more errors then a little league outfielder. 8 errors in the outfield last yr and a Johnny Damon arm? Sigh.

            That was meant for Kevin. Sorry S.M. Jenkins.

          • Jake13 2 years ago

            Good thing Dirks is starting in LF, Davis will play against lefties and pinch run

  28. psabella 2 years ago

    CBA does not allow performance based bonuses. Probably makes an expectation the player needs to perform to earn their money? I think bonuses have to be some abstract thing like number of games, days on roster, innings or in A-Rod’s case milestones though whoever thought that up and approved it was creative.

  29. TigerDoc 2 years ago

    Nice reclamation project for Jeff Jones. Joba has the stuff. Drop a few pounds and get Jones to work out his mechanics better and he could be a solid acquisition. Little risk on the Tigers part, he stinks they are not out much and they only have him for a year. Still, would like one more proven arm for the pen. Right now, they have a lot of talent but are unproven outside of Nathan. Could be really great, could really stink. Dombrowski usually knows what he is doing, so for now, will trust him and cross my fingers.

    • McTigers 2 years ago

      A reliable lefty to replace Coke or insure Krol would be nice.

  30. Bryan 2 years ago

    In my opinion the Tigers have had a bad offseason. It all started with declining Veras’s option. Why let go of a proven late inning reliever in favor of a inconsistent pitcher who had a 4.93 era (Chamberlain) over only 1.5 mil? Then came the Fielder trade. Now this trade may be good for the Tigers in the long run with the money they saved with will allow them to lock up Scherzer should they want as well as Miggy, but in the short term they are losing one of the games best power bats and Miggy’s security blanket. What happens if Cabrera gets hurt now? The tigers would severely be lacking a run producer/ home run threat. The Fister trade I think most would agree was a very bad deal for the Tigers. Fister has been one of the better pitchers in the entire game over the past few years and more importantly he’s cheap. Didn’t understand why they chose to deal him over Porcello when they both could have probably netted similar packages. Having Fister atm would easily give them the best 1-4 in the big leagues. Don’t get me wrong, Dave Dombrowski is a good GM by all means, I just think that they took a big step in the wrong direction so far this offseason.

    • McTigers 2 years ago

      Last year’s playoffs showed that the Tigers don’t have a run producer if Cabrera gets hurt even with Prince in the lineup…
      But I agree the Fister trade and Joba signing are kind of underwhelming.

  31. John 2 years ago


  32. Jman1213 2 years ago

    This signing has been brought to you by the letters W, T, and F.

  33. Damian56xx 2 years ago

    Meh…but supposedly there is no such thing as a bad one-year deal, or so I’ve read. Joba will either be an asset or a liability in the Tigers BP, hopefully the former.

  34. Jman1213 2 years ago

    I’m kinda surprised he got a guaranteed contract, much less one worth $2.5 mil.

  35. Mr Pike 2 years ago

    He should be motivated to prove everyone wrong. He can’t be worse than Papa Grande. If he is, he will be gone just as fast.

  36. JerryTheScholar 2 years ago

    I love this move. Put up the same stats as Veras and came in $1.5MM cheaper. Awesome move.

  37. McGlovin 2 years ago

    This just adds to a very active and confusing off season for the Tigers and Dave Dombrowski. I’ll start off by saying I understand the need to cut payroll in the present in order to allocate those funds to the future (extending Cabrera, possibly resigning Scherzer, etc). However several of his moves have been curious. Most Tiger fans understand that trading Fielders albatross contract was a necessary evil. Receiving Kinsler for Fielder and 30 mill was a golden parachute for the Tigers. And at the same time they filled a position of need with Kinsler. Outside of that move and possibly the Nathan signing, Dombrowski has made some very unusual moves. You let Brayan Pena walk to save like 500k with Holaday. To me that doesn’t make sense when Avila is a starter with limited (or at least inconsistent) offensive abilities. He also declines the 4 million option on Veras yet sign Joba to 2.5 million? So that’s another 1.5 mill in savings to go along with 500k savings at backup C. Yet you use these new savings to give Don Kelly AND Phil Coke major league contracts, then give a multiple year deal to a platoon player that can’t hit RHP in Rajai Davis. And you get 50 cents on the dollar for Doug Fister in a trade. I get the Tigers received 16 yrs of controllable contracts in that deal but that alone doesn’t justify the amount of talent on paper they received for Fister.

    • Mr Pike 2 years ago

      Let me ease your pain. Coke’s contract is not guaranteed. He will be gone after spring training if he doesn’t show a lot. He’s given another chance because LH low to mid 90’s guys are hard to find and expensive to pay.
      Which brings us to the Fister trade. Two LH power arms. Ray was the Nats#5 prospect and our #3. He is a season at Toledo away and we have no one that close to ready to start if needed because of injury. Tiger scouts like them both and they gave us Fister, Sanchez, Benoit, Rodney and Scherzer from other clubs. They deserve the benefit of the doubt.
      Veras was good this year in Houston and when we first got him, but he reverted to his career self after that and saw his role diminish. He was hardly used after Labor Day and wasn’t very good when he was used.
      I’ll bet you’ll like watching Davis instead of Tuiasosopo.
      Pena was a really good stick but Holaday will be better with the glove.

    • Damian56xx 2 years ago

      50 cents on the dollar for Fister is a very generous estimate, based on what Doug might fetch if he was on the FA market. The Tigers got a nickle on the dollar for Fister, if that, IMO.

  38. TiggerBounce 2 years ago

    This looks like a very expensive reclamation project to me. I have little confidence here. I hope I’m wrong.

  39. bernbabybern 2 years ago

    Warning: you could get very, very frustrated watching Joba pitch.

    Good luck.

    • Mr Pike 2 years ago

      We watched Valverde and survived. We are a tough bunch. But thanks for the warning.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

      Warning: you could get very, very frustrated watching Joba pitch well away from NY and the Joba rules!

      • bernbabybern 2 years ago

        Joba rules were a long time ago. Has nothing to do with that.

        • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

          I know, regardless its still fun to bring them up. They seem so ridiculous now.

  40. InvalidUserID 2 years ago

    We’ll always have that ’07 season, Joba.

  41. slider32 2 years ago

    What amazed me was how fast Hughes and Joba got signed, neither has been rated very well lately!

  42. psabella 2 years ago

    Always curious about a players motivation to do better when they get 100% pay raises after their personal worst years.

  43. bandits33 2 years ago

    As much as I doubt it will happen, I would really like to see him turn things around. When he was coming up, he and Hughes were the 2 Yankees prospects that I followed the most, and they were among the first prospects I followed seriously from the time of their draft.

  44. Guest 2 years ago

    Should’ve said “Chamberlain was slightly less horrendous away from Yankee Stadium”

  45. abbatoirnoises 2 years ago

    Very well could be, but if cost was a factor then that’s the reasoning. They’re not out $4mil if Joba struggles though.

  46. Troy 2 years ago

    Should say ” Chamberlain was less hated away from Yankee stadium” You know other teams loved seeing him run on the field.

  47. FunkyTime 2 years ago

    But the Tigers aren’t trying to win as many regular season games as they can. They’re trying to win a World Series.

    And frankly, who your #4 starter is isn’t near as big of a factor in playoff success as your ability to play defense or run the bases.

    Also your last sentence is clearly not true, as obviously there was a big financial motivation in these moves. They’ve saved a TON of money going forward. That was obviously by design and most likely was forced by payroll limitations, given various comments DD has made this summer.

    I don’t think the Tigers are better now than last year, but I don’t think they’re worse either. They’re just built differently. Instead of being all offense and pitching with little defense and no baserunning, they now have a good offense, still have great pitching, but now have a significantly better defense and should produce a lot more runs with their baserunning as well.

    I think it all evens out in 2014. But the real payoff will be going forward, with a lot more financial freedom, being free of the albatross that was the Fielder contract, and even adding Robbie Ray, who will instantly become the Tigers best pitching prospect.

  48. McTigers 2 years ago

    They finished barely ahead of Cleveland, a team they beat something like 15-2 over the season. If they split with Cleveland, they miss the playoffs entirely. They got shut out a TON when Prince and the other slow guys slumped. The pitching (and Cabrera before being hurt) was so good it overshadowed everything, but last year’s team didn’t make the playoffs by that much, squeaked out a weak central, went to the wire with Oakland, and was beaten soundly by Boston. That’s after doing the same thing the previous season… barely taking a weak division, and getting bounced from the playoffs once the sluggers went cold.

    It was time to re-tool a bit.

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