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Atlanta Braves Interested in New York Yankees Reliever Joba Chamberlain

July 2nd, 2013 at 4:04 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves, as well as the San Francisco Giants, are interested in pursuing a trade for New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain, so reports the New York Post. The Braves are looking to add depth to their injury riddled bullpen.

Braves scout Jim Fregosi saw Chamberlain throw a scoreless inning at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Friday. Chamberlain's fastball has sat in the 95-97 miles per hour range this season.

Chamberlain was on the disabled list for most May with a strained oblique and has struggled since being activated May 27. In the 11 innings he's pitched since, he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits and four walks. He has also struck out 15 in that span.

That has resulted in Chamberlain's ERA ballooning to 5.75 over 20 1/3 innings, though he finished April with seven consecutive scoreless appearances before going on the DL.

The 26-year-old Chamberlain is eligible to become a free agent after this year, and the Yankees will likely not bring him back in 2014.

With an inconsistent slider since Chamberlain has returned from the DL, it's hard to imagine how this would help the Braves. Here's hoping they don't bring him on board.

 

Photo credit: Keith Allison / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Disabled List, Jim Fregosi, Joba Chamberlain, MLB, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants

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