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Yankees get Lamb from Rangers

Postby nsulham » Wed Feb 04, 2004 1:38 pm

NEW YORK -- Looking for extra help at third base, the New York Yankees have worked out a trade to get Mike Lamb from the Texas Rangers.


The deal for minor league pitcher Jose Garcia cannot be finalized until the Yankees clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Lamb, the Rangers said Tuesday night.


Texas designated the lefty-hitting Lamb for assignment on Jan. 29, giving the Rangers 10 days to send him outright to the minors, trade him or ask waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release.


New York's need for a third baseman arose when All-Star Aaron Boone wrecked his left knee in mid-January playing pickup basketball. It is not certain when, or if, Boone will return this season.


The Yankees already had at least four possible candidates to replace Boone. Utilityman Enrique Wilson, rookie Erick Almonte and free agents Miguel Cairo and Tyler Houston all can play the position.


Earlier this week, Drew Henson said he was leaving baseball for the NFL. Once considered the Yankees' third baseman of the future, Henson struggled at the plate and in the field in the minors.


Lamb, 28, was once regarded as a top prospect for Texas. He hit .283 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 314 at-bats for the Rangers in 2002, getting a chance to play full-time after Hank Blalock had trouble as a rookie.


But Blalock blossomed last year in spring training and beat out Lamb for the job.


Lamb hit only .132 (5-for-38) with two RBI in several short stints with Texas. He batted .288 with nine homers and 46 RBI at Triple-A Oklahoma, and in parts of seven minor league seasons has a career average over .300.


Lamb made his major league debut with Texas in 2000, hitting .278 with six homers and 47 RBI in 138 games. In 2001, he hit .306 with four homers and 35 RBI in 76 games for the Rangers.


Garcia, 22, was a combined 10-8 with a 2.52 ERA while splitting last season with Class A teams Battle Creek and Tampa. The Yankees signed the Venezuelan right-hander as an undrafted free agent in 1999.


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Postby trevisc » Wed Feb 04, 2004 2:42 pm

so does that increase his value any?

not in my book
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Postby Transmogrifier » Wed Feb 04, 2004 2:44 pm

Seems like a stop-gap till the break.

How's his defense?
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Postby LBJackal » Wed Feb 04, 2004 2:48 pm

Yeah, I can't imagine Mike Lamb is their solution to the 3B problem. They should just let Almonte play there and get acclimated to the majors. It's not like they're going to miss the playoffs either way.
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Postby kentx12 » Wed Feb 04, 2004 2:49 pm

I dont think he will have any fantasy value.
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Postby Transmogrifier » Wed Feb 04, 2004 2:58 pm

Rotoworld:

Baseball America is reporting that the Yankees have sent pitching prospect Jose Garcia to the Rangers for Mike Lamb.
Neither team has yet to comment on the deal. If the report is true, there's a new favorite to start at third base for the Yankees. Lamb would combine with Derek Jeter to be the worst defensive left side of the infield in baseball, but he'll probably be solid offensively if given an extended chance. In Garcia, the Rangers would get get a 22-year-old right-hander with pretty good control of average stuff. He doesn't currently project as a starting pitcher in the majors.
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Postby Guest » Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:12 pm

Lamb can hit.

He's not a typical NYY type of player as a starter, but he could be one of the best avg hitters the yanks have seen at the hot corner in quite a long time. If he gets his chance to play regularly I believe he'll do a fine job

He's very versatile as well..Can catch, and play 2B or OF if he has to..

He's the type of player that's more valuable in real baseball then fantasy
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Postby Madison » Wed Feb 04, 2004 7:48 pm

Lamb is a career .282 hitter so I can think of worse options.
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Postby TownDrunk » Wed Feb 04, 2004 8:14 pm

Transmogrifier wrote:Seems like a stop-gap till the break.

How's his defense?


How's his defense? Let's just say that he and Jeter would form the worst left side defensively in baseball.

Does that answer your question? 8-o
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Postby OldeTowneTeamGuy » Wed Feb 04, 2004 9:24 pm

This is the sign of Yankee desperation. Mike Lamb....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I guess they're really worried about the talent laden SOX.
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