Twins Cornering the Market on Ex-Astros
Lamb is not the most dynamic player in the world, but considering the market for third basemen, this isn't a terrible signing. Lamb has actually put up relatively solid numbers over the course of his career -- he has a career .281 batting average with 68 homers (he's averaged about 12 a year for the past 4 years when he gets around 300 at-bats). That production would be a dramatic improvement over what the Twins got from their third basemen last year (how sad is that!?!).
The thing that puzzles me here is the decision to sign Lamb to a mutli-year deal. That more than anything else strongly suggests that the Twins plan to have Lamb starting, because there doesn't seem to be any other reason to lock him up essentially for the next three years. Until I see the financials on the deal, though, I can't really say whether I think this is a good deal, a bad deal, or a "shrug-your-shoulders" deal. Right now, I'm leaning towards an optimistic shrug. There's nothing wrong with Lamb, and he should put up 10-15 homers and a .280-.285 batting average next season. It's not great, but I'd take it -- especially if the Twins solid production out of Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer, Young, and Kubel.