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Phils Interested in Joba Chamberlain?

Joba ChanmberlainAccording to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Phillies have expressed interest in Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain. He suggests that Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz are some names that are being thrown around as possible players in a deal. Here’s the quote:

National League sources say the Phillies are amenable to dealing Michael Young and have expressed interest in Joba Chamberlain, a salary-dump swap that would save Philadelphia roughly $7 million. The sources also say Carlos Ruiz can be had before the deadline, too.

A Young-Chamberlain (or Ruiz-Chamberlain) swap wouldn’t be the most ideal trade for the Phillies, but it wouldn’t hurt. Michael Young is certainly tradeable, and, considering the circumstances, trading Young would be beneficial. Chamberlain would provide some much needed help in the bullpen, even though his numbers are poor this year. He could step into the 6th or 7th inning role for the Phils, who desperately need something. A fresh start could be what helps Chamberlain rerun to his dominant form from a few years back. Michael Young could go to the AL where he could flip between playing the field and being a DH. The trade makes sense for both teams on the surface.

However, I think that the Phillies need to be sellers at the deadline, and a Chamberlain for Young swap doesn’t really fit the description of “sell”. So I’d rather them hold on to Young and see what else they can get for him in the next few weeks. I hope this rumor stays just that–a rumor. What do you guys think?



  1. bacardipr

    July 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    This is his last year if im not mistaking Hogey.

    • Hogey's Role

      July 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      In that case no I don’t make this trade…

  2. Roy

    July 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t get this move at all. Joba doesn’t really help long-term, and losing one of those pieces doesn’t really help us short-term…

  3. Hogey's Role

    July 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    How many years on Chamberlains contract?? He was dominant a few years back

    • loupossehl

      July 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      He was dominant a few years back, and so was my testosterone level. Equally vaiid and useful observations.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        Good for you Lou I’m happy for you

      • c. schreiber

        July 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        Lol, lol, lol, lol, lol, lol, mine too Lou. Great.

  4. bacardipr

    July 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Some of this doesnt make sense to me. If you are making a playoff push you want Ruiz. I know Kratz has had his moments but to me he is still border line AAAA material. I would like to think that Frandsden has proven himself as a capable starter although there’s still a risk you have to take. I supposed you can call up Asche they already have McDonald dude so Galvis will be a bit redundant. Only if the Phillies are sellers do you trade Ruiz. This is still a flawed team but i would wait right up to the deadline to pull the triggers on any trades.

    • Lefty

      July 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      bacardipr, Good comment, I agree

  5. Reginald

    July 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Yeah….I really think the Phillies should be looking for a prospect or somebody like that instead of Chamberlain.

  6. Alex Lee

    July 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    For those asking, Joba is a free agent after this season.

  7. Chuck A.

    July 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Who’s gonna catch? Last I checked, Kratz was still on the DL recovering from a pretty good injury. Even if he comes back by Aug 1, just how effective will he be?? Lerud, Quintero?? On a daily basis?? .. I don’t think so. To me…it makes sense to bring Ruiz back on a cheap deal until someone else (Joseph??) is ready.

    • Hogey's Role

      July 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      I agree.. and at worse if Joseph or valle somehow are ready to take over in 14 or 15 chooch would make one hell of a backup

  8. George

    July 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    If it’s solely a money saving move, why not trade Young for Chamberlain? Both will be free agents, so they wouldn’t really be losing anything in the long run, and Joba might be better than the crap now throwing base hits out of the Phils’ ‘pen. It would be nice to have a prospect instead, but it’s possible the Yanks don’t want to give up any for Young.

    I would not consider Ruiz for Chamberlain, though. He’s worth more than a mere rental, and more than a pitcher with Chamberlain’s current stats.

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