The Indians made a bit of a surprising move today, designating Joba Chamberlain for assignment. Tom Gorzelanny was let go, too, but that one was widely expected.
Roster moves:— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 4, 2016
+ Clevinger, House recalled from Columbus
+ Chamberlain, Gorzelanny designated for assignment pic.twitter.com/P52toGZZSO
Chamberlain has pitched much worse than his 2.25 ERA would indicate but it is a bit curious that Tommy Hunter sticks around instead of him.
I can't imagine this series of moves will be popular with the clecommers and have already seen folks on twitter who found their pitchforks to be in total working order, but I can't say I mind much.
Chamberlain was going to be a free agent after the season no matter what, which is not true of Zach McAllister and Jeff Manship. Hunter was in the same boat as Chamberlain, but got a MLB deal in the offseason, which Chamberlain could not muster.
It's possible that the Indians will find a trade partner for Chamberlan and acquire their next Mike Clevinger in the process.