Jake Lamb was a dart throw for the Oakland A’s last season. With Matt Chapman sustaining a season ending hip injury, the A’s were left with few options to take over at the hot corner. Lamb had been let go by the Diamondbacks, and surprisingly, rediscovered his form with Oakland.
The last of the A’s free agents, Lamb has finally found a home. He has signed with the Atlanta Braves on what is believed to be a major league deal.
Jake Lamb finds a good landing spot with Atlanta Braves
Although spring training is underway, Lamb has ended up in a solid place. The Braves are not exactly settled at third base, as Austin Riley and Johan Camargo both had their struggles. Pablo Sandoval is still around, but he signed a minor league deal. As a left handed hitting compliment to the right handed Riley, Lamb could get more action than expected.
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The one time Diamondbacks building block had disappointed since the beginning of the 2018 campaign. Injuries plagued him during that time, hindering his effectiveness at the plate. Lamb posted a meager .199/.307/.330 batting line with just 12 homers and 17 doubles over his final 514 plate appearances in Arizona, hardly looking like the power threat he had been.
That seemed to change once Lamb arrived in Oakland. In an admittedly small sample size of 49 plate appearances, he once again looked like himself, posting a .267/.327/.556 batting line with three homers and four doubles. While he still struggled defensively, costing the A’s three runs, his bat had come alive once more.
The Braves are hoping that Lamb’s late season surge can carry over for the coming year. While they are not exactly breaking the bank by signing Lamb, he could have a larger role than one would expect in the coming year.
Jake Lamb revived his career during his time with the Oakland A’s. That time has led to another opportunity, this time with the Atlanta Braves.