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

Yankees.

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

operations.

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.