LADY AT THE BAT: Joba Chamberlain's Non-Trade To the Dbacks

Monday, July 26, 2010

Joba Chamberlain's Non-Trade To the Dbacks

Dan Haren is now an Angel. Rumor has it that the Dbacks would have traded him to the Yankees if they could have gotten (among other things) Joba Chamberlain. Arizona was reportedly willing to take Joba and his 5.95 ERA off the Yankees hands and give him a fresh start in the desert.

But the Yankees said no. Why?

Were they afraid the change of scenery would do him good, so much so that he'd make the Yankees look bad? Maybe they feel so much remorse for the Joba Rules that they feel they have an obligation to fix him. Or maybe they just think a better deal will come along later this week.

In any case, as I write this, Joba is still a Yankee. How much longer will he remain the 8th inning guy?  He had another poor outing yesterday, giving up a walk and a 2-run homer in the Yankees 12-6 win over the Royals. After the game Girardi said he is not ruling out taking the job away from Joba and giving it to David Robertson.

How long before he takes the job away from him? How long of a leash does Joba have? Hopefully not a long one.

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