Former Oakland A’s third baseman Jake Lamb heading to Chicago

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Jake Lamb #4 of the Oakland Athletics fields during the game against the San Francisco Giants at RingCentral Coliseum on September 20, 2020 in Oakland, California. The Giants defeated the Athletics 14-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Jake Lamb #4 of the Oakland Athletics fields during the game against the San Francisco Giants at RingCentral Coliseum on September 20, 2020 in Oakland, California. The Giants defeated the Athletics 14-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /
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Former Oakland A’s third baseman Jake Lamb has found a new home.

He had signed with the Atlanta Braves in the offseason, but had been let go when Atlanta decided to keep Pablo Sandoval as their backup infielder. However, it did not take long for Lamb to find a new home, as he is set to sign with the Chicago White Sox once he clears waivers.

Jake Lamb finds a new home

Lamb had been one of the more interesting free agents in the market this offseason. He had struggled mightily with the Diamondbacks before being released, posting a .199/.307/.330 batting line with 12 homers and 17 doubles in his 514 plate appearances from the start of 2018 through when he was let go.

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But Lamb was a different player with the A’s. He delivered with a clean slate, posting a .267/.327/.556 batting line with three homers and four doubles. While this productivity came in a small 49 plate appearance sample size, it was enough to give other teams hope that he had turned the corner.

However, he was not able to continue those gains in spring training. Lamb produced a meager .194/.293/.333 batting line in his 41 plate appearances, with one homer and two triples. He also struck out 13 times with only three walks, numbers that had to concern the Braves more than his lack of production at the plate.

While this is likely a depth signing, Lamb could have a role in Chicago. The White Sox had been looking at Andrew Vaughn in left in the wake of Eloy Jimenez‘s injury, which could open up some at bats as a designated hitter. Lamb could fit there while backing up Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu in the infield.

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The Chicago White Sox are giving Jake Lamb a chance. His success with the Oakland A’s was enough to get other teams to take another look.

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