LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - After seven eventful seasons with the New York Yankees, Joba Chamberlain is looking forward to contributing to another talented team with plenty of expectations.
The big right-handed reliever signed a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Detroit, joining a retooled bullpen that also includes new closer Joe Nathan.
Chamberlain's career began amid plenty of fanfare, when he averaged over a strikeout an inning in 2007 and 2008 for the Yankees. The big question then was whether his long-term future was as a reliever or a starter. He made 31 starts in 2009 and finished with a 4.75 ERA. Then it was back to the bullpen, where he's spent the last four seasons.
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