The Yankees and reliever Joba Chamberlain, in his third year of arbitration eligibility, have agreed on a one-year deal worth a non-guaranteed $1.875 million for 2013. The deal also includes $275 thousand in incentives based on games finished; In ’12, he earned $1.675 million.
Last year, Chamberlain was sidelined due to injuries and only appeared in 22 games, going 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA and 22 strikeouts.
Taking into consideration his limited action last year and his position, Chamberlain was not projected to get much of a raise. Fellow teammate Phil Hughes received a one-year contract that’s worth twice as much what he made last year. If Chamberlain was still a starter, his dollar amount would likely be higher.
The Yankees now have two arbitration-eligible players left to deal with: righty reliever David Robertson and lefty-reliever Boone Logan.