Tuesday February 24th, 2015

Joba Chamberlain was once one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Now he's a pretty reliable middle-relief pitcher. But the Tigers are reportedly going to reward him if he lives up to his former promise. 

Tigers, Joba Chamberlain agree to one-year deal​

It's exceedingly rare for a reliever to win the Cy Young. The last one to do it was Eric Gagne in 2003, when he converted all 55 of his save opportunities. 

Chamberlain had one of his better seasons last year. He had a 3.57 ERA and 1.286 WHIP in 63 innings. That's pretty respectable, but far from Cy Young-worthy.

He might not be the best pitcher in the American League in 2015, but maybe there should be an award for semi-adequately holding down the seventh inning.

- Dan Gartland

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