Well the team might be looking to make a move to bolster the back-end. New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand is reporting that the Phillies are interested in Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. This makes sense as the Yankees had scouts at the Phillies game on Sunday and have interest in Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young.
Chamberlain, who turns 28 in September, has not been the pitcher he was cracked up to be in the past. He is 1-0 with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP in 20.1 innings over 22 appearances. Chamberlain has not appeared in more than 27 games since 2010 and the numbers haven't been great. The Nebraska native has not posted an ERA lower than 4.35 in a season in which he has pitched 29 or more innings since 2008.
In addition to the poor numbers, Chamberlain also has had injury concerns. He missed the majority of the 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery then missed a large portion of 2012 after he suffered an open dislocation of his ankle while jumping on a trampoline during Spring Training. This season, Chamberlain has spent time on the 15-Day DL with an oblique strain.
I know the Phillies need to bolster their bullpen but I don't know if Joba Chamberlain is the right guy. He was once considered the real deal in New York but is far removed from those days. Maybe a change of scenery would do him some good. One thing that must be considered is that the Phillies would likely have to part with Michael Young to acquire Chamberlain which would leave a hole at third base. It could conceivably be filled by Kevin Frandsen, who has played well so far this season, but will that be enough to contend?
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