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Yankees, Joba Chamberlain Avoid Arbitration With One-Year Deal

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Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during game three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park in Detroit on Oct. 16, 2012. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees and Joba Chamberlain avoided salary arbitration after the right-handed relief pitcher agreed to a one-year contract.

Financial details weren’t revealed by the team in an e-mailed statement yesterday. The deal is worth $1.88 million, according to the Associated Press.

Chamberlain, 27, had a 4.35 earned-run average last season in 22 appearances after missing the first part of the year because he dislocated his ankle while playing on a trampoline with his son.

A first-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2006, Chamberlain has battled injury in his six-year Major League Baseball career. He spent parts of the past two seasons on the disabled list and the new contract contains performance bonuses for games finished, the AP said.

New York relievers David Robertson and Boone Logan are the only Yankees who remain in arbitration.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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