According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, both the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals have been showing interest in signing free agent right-hander Joba Chamberlain. The report is very clear that nothing is imminent between either team and Chamberlain, but discussions have been had. Chamberlain has had injury concerns throughout his entire career and is hoping to figure things out with a new team this season.
Last season in 45 appearances, Chamberlain accumulated a 4.93 ERA to go along with 38 strikeouts and save. It is unclear exactly what role the Cubs and Royals are interested in signing him for, but it would likely have something to do with being a setup man or closer type of deal.
This isn’t a huge move for either team if it does indeed end up happening. Chamberlain is coming off of a terrible season that lowered his value quite a bit. If he is looking for a more important role on a team, the Cubs would be the better choice between these two franchises. They are looking for a guy that can come in late in games and close games out.
Overall, this isn’t something that will happen within the next week or two, but it is something to keep an eye on. The Cubs are in the middle of a rebuilding process and at 28 years old, Chamberlain is certainly pushing the age limit. That being said, if he is able to stay healthy this year, he’s going to be a nice pickup for either team. It all comes down to whether or not he can stay healthy and remain consistent.
Stay tuned for more info on Chamberlain as it comes out here at Pro Sports Extra.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.