It seems a long, long time ago now. Joba Chamberlain was every bit as big as Matt Harvey. When Chamberlain saved the Yankees' season in 2007 as an unhittable setup man, he was everywhere, the toast of the town.
While Harvey is supposed to be the next Dwight Gooden or Tom Seaver, the Yankees had Joba penciled as the heir to Roger Clemens and then Mariano Rivera. Instead, Chamberlain's career has dissolved to the point he is a mop-up man. And he may have played his final game at Yankee Stadium in pinstripes.
With the Yankees in Los Angeles and the trade deadline on Wednesday, Chamberlain being dealt is the most likely move that Brian Cashman will make.
They could trade Phil Hughes, but the Yankees still are keen on making him a qualifying offer for nearly $14 million and seeing if he accepts a one-year deal. If not, then they would receive a first round pick when Hughes leaves as a free agent.
"He may not even fetch pennies on the dollar," one baseball official said.
Joba's story will make an interesting "30 for 30" one day, but the ending -- nor the middle -- ever matched the beginning.
QUESTION: What has been the highlight of Joba's career?