Blue Jays sign Chamberlain to minor-league deal

Get to know newly signed Blue Jays pitcher Joba Chamberlain, who’s says Toronto’s always been a special place for him, because it’s where he made his MLB debut.

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Toronto Blue Jays have signed reliever Joba Chamberlain to a minor-league deal and the right-hander will report to the club’s facility in Dunedin, Fla.

Chamberlain was released by the Detroit Tigers on July 10 after posting a 4.09 ERA in 22 innings over 30 games, with a WHIP of 1.682. His fastball velocity of 93.5 mph is right around his career average.

The addition gives the Blue Jays a free look at a 29-year-old with past success as a reliever, and comes as they’re reshuffling their bullpen, with Aaron Sanchez due to join in the next week or so.

Chamberlain has battled injuries in recent seasons, undergoing Tommy John surgery among other ailments.

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