Tigers finalize $2.5M deal with Chamberlain
The Tigers have finalized their $2.5 million. one-year deal with
right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain.
Chamberlain joins a retooled bullpen that also includes free
agent acquisition Joe Nathan. The hard-throwing Chamberlain, whose
slide has been inconsistent in recent years, was 2-1 with one save
in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the New York
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated Friday that
the team may not make any more major moves this offseason. The
Tigers traded slugger Prince Fielder for second baseman Ian Kinsler
last month, and their lineup figures to have less power and more
speed next year.
Chamberlain missed almost the entire month of May last season
because of a strained right oblique. He was limited to 49 games
over the previous two years because of elbow and ankle
In additional to his base salary, Chamberlain can earn $500,000
in performance bonuses: $100,000 each for 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55
games. He would get $75,000 if he makes the All-Star team.