There’s probably nothing to see here, but when it comes to such an oddly famous relief pitcher, we ought to at least mention it if his name is linked to the Colorado Rockies. Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
Earlier today Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks would be the team with the highest level of those “varying” interests:
Diamondbacks have offered Joba Chamberlain a one-year deal worth close to $3 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 10, 2013
So it might be that the Rockies were never seriously involved here and will never be. But Chamberlain hasn’t signed with the Diamondbacks yet, so theoretically Colorado could still sign the enigmatic reliever. And we don’t know what the Rockies’ interest was among those “varying” levels. It might be that they see him as a hard-throwing, bounce-back guy for the back of their bullpen. Or it might be that they thought to themselves: “Hey, we might never have another chance to have a player on our roster named Joba. Let’s at least kick the tires on this guy.”
If it will cost the Rockies around $3 million, that money will likely be spent better elsewhere, especially if there are still trades to be explored (even with the Brett Anderson deal this afternoon). But hey, this gives a chance to envision a bullpen with Joba Chamberlain and Wilton Lopez.