D-Rob, Joba in the fold

January, 17, 2012
1/17/12
2:43
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The Yankees avoided having to go to arbitration with with David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain today, signing both righty relievers to one-year contracts. Terms were not announced.

Robertson was 4-0 with one save and a 1.08 ERA in a team-high 70 relief appearances in 2011, and emerged as the club's eighth-inning specialist, setting the stage for Mariano Rivera.

Chamberlain was 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA in 27 appearances, mostly in middle relief, before going on the disabled list on June 8 and subsequently undergoing Tommy John surgery. He is not expected to pitch until after the All-Star break.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .275
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 54
RB. Gardner 76
OPSB. Gardner .784
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135