Needing some help to bolster their pitching staff, the San Francisco Giants are scouting around, looking for potential trade options around the league.
One such target is New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain.
The New York Post reports that the Giants sent a scout to “exclusively watch” Chamberlain during the Yankees-Twins game on Monday night.
Chamberlain is 1-0 with a 5.75 ERA in 21 games this season. Over his seven year career, all with the Yankees, he has a 22-13 record with a 3.83 ERA.
He is quite an interesting pitcher. Early in his career, the Yankees used what were known as the “Joba Rules,” limiting his appearances to keep him healthy.
He started 31 games in 2009, and went 9-6 with 4.75 ERA. Since then, however, he has been a full-time relief pitcher.
Chamberlain started off this season strong, but went down with an injury in early May. Since returning from the disabled list, he has been rather inconsistent.
It’s been no secret that the Giants are looking for some pitching help, and they need it fast. Their staff has combine to record a 4.o9 ERA, which is way too high considering that pitching has been their key to being successful for the past few years.
Earlier on Tuesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle disputed the report from the New York Post by saying that the Giants scout was at the Yankees-Twins games to scout Minnesota’s bullpen, not Chamberlain.
At this point, it really doesn’t matter who they are scouting. If they can help in the pitching rotation or bullpen, it can’t hurt to bring them in.