Once thought of as a star of the future for the New York Yankees, Joba Chamberlain agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.
Yankees blog Want to get the scoop on everything in pinstripes? In 19 games, he posted a 0.38 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 24 relief innings.
The Yankees then tried to turn him into a starter. Injuries and ineffectiveness ended the starter experiment, and Chamberlain never really developed into a reliable bridge to Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera.
Last season, Chamberlain appeared in 45 games and posted a 4.93 ERA and 1.74 WHIP.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had recently indicated that he would look for bullpen help. Bruce Rondon appears slotted for a setup role.