"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Chamberlain on the way up?

From the New York Post:

Before watching Mike Myers, Luis Vizcaino and Brian Bruney pitch ineffectively last night during a 7-5 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards in front of 48,402 sweaty customers, Yankee decision-makers were leaning heavily toward bringing Joba Chamberlain to the big leagues and using the minor-league starter in the bullpen.

After the Yanks' third straight loss, the discussion was how to make the transition from starter to reliever easy on the 21-year-old right-hander with electric stuff.

His call-up is not official - but could come at any time.

"We couldn't get the job done out of the pen," manager Joe Torre said of his relievers giving up three runs and allowing three of the six inherited runners to score.

Chamberlain, a 2006 draft pick, may not be the answer, but he will provide a new look to a pen many have grown tired of seeing (source).

I have gone on record stating my displeasure for such a move.

I guess it's better than giving up prospects for Eric Gagne, however.

Whatever the case, the bullpen, as it is currently constructed, is not a championship bullpen. Changes will have to be made before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline if they are serious about contending.


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