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Joba taking show to Motown

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers accomplished another goal during their busy off-season, adding depth to their bullpen with Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain and the Tigers agreed to terms on a one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The hard-throwing, right-handed reliever was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the New York Yankees. The converted starter was 23-14 with five saves with a 3.85 ERA in 260 games over seven seasons with the Yankees.

Chamberlain will get a fresh start in Detroit in a relatively low-pressure role as a middle reliever.

The Tigers have won the last three AL Central titles and at least one post-season series the previous three years, but they got to the World Series only once and were swept by the San Francisco Giants in 2012. They're hoping they have made all the right moves to boost the franchise's quest to win a World Series for the first time since 1984.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 13, 2013 C6

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