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MLB Trade Rumors: Giants and Braves have interest in Joba Chamberlain

Mike Stobe

According to George King, the Giants and Braves have interest in Joba Chamberlain and have sent talent evaluators to watch him pitch. Braves scout Jim Fregosi was in Baltimore to see him pitch a scoreless inning against the Orioles and Giants scout Lee Elder was at Target Field to see Joba pitch another scoreless. The Texas Rangers were also interested in Chamberlain at the beginning of the season.

Joba has had a bumpy season in 2013. He posted a 3.86 ERA and batters hit .278/.372/.306 off him in the month of April, but has struggled since coming back from injury. Since May 30 he's had a 7.36 ERA and opposing hitters have a .319/.385/.596 batting line against him. He's also give up four home runs in the month of June.

The Braves' bullpen has been devastated by injury after both Jonny Venters and Eric O`Flaherty underwent Tommy John surgery. Craig Kimbrel and Jordan Walden have both managed to be 0.7 WAR players, but after that the bullpen declines swiftly and currently ranks 12th in the league with 1.9 WAR.

The Giants' bullpen has Sergio Romo at 0.9 WAR and Javier Lopez at 0.5 WAR, but that's basically it. They rank 18th in the league with 1.5 WAR and Chad Gaudin has been their third most valuable reliever. That means they need help.

It's unknown if discussions have taken place or how serious they are interested in Joba or even what kind of return he could get, but if someone offers up a live body I have to imagine the Yankees will take it.


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