It seems like ages ago now, but New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain was every bit as big as Matt Harvey.
When Chamberlain burst onto the scene in 2007 as an unhittable setup man with an upper-90s fastball and devastating slider, he was the talk of New York baseball. While Harvey is supposed to be the next Tom Seaver for the New York Mets, Chamberlain was supposed to take up the mantle of Roger Clemens and then Mariano Rivera.
Instead, after two long-term injuries and stints of inconsistency, Chamberlain has been reduced to a mere mop-up man. As a result, he most likely will be traded from the Yankees as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.
They will also try to trade Phil Hughes, but they are still interested in 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. Chamberlain would also be seeking more money in free agency, and the Yankees will not give that to him either.
Despite the need to trade Chamberlain, the Yankees will not get any substantial value in terms of prospects in return for him. A player who was discussed as a major piece in potential trades for Roy Halladay and Johan Santana a mere five years ago could be gone in the next couple days for essentially nothing.
His rise to prominence and his fall from grace would be perfect for a cautionary tale documentary, as the imminent ending of his Yankees career is nowhere near as fun as the beginning was.