ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves finalized a $1 million, one-year contract with third baseman Jake Lamb that’s not assured, including one other veteran bat Tuesday to an already deep competitors for bench spots in spring coaching.
Lamb, a 2017 All-Star with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was with the Braves for his or her first full-squad exercise and can compete for a bench spot. He might present insurance coverage for Austin Riley, who is anticipated to start out at third base.
“It’s a superb group,” supervisor Brian Snitker mentioned Monday. “All the blokes to date we’ve introduced in are guys who’ve had success within the main leagues. That’s precisely what you’re searching for with guys in type of new roles of their profession. That serves them properly to have had that have and been on a regular basis gamers. I feel it’s a superb group that we’ll consider and select from.”
Snitker mentioned the staff didn’t deliberately seek for expertise with Lamb, Sandoval and others behind Riley at third base.
“I don’t assume it had something to do with the place,” Snitker mentioned. “I simply assume it was the gamers accessible on the time.”
Additionally, outfielder Phillip Ervin was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Monday.
The Braves held their first full-squad exercise on Tuesday.
The left-handed hitting Lamb struggled within the abbreviated 2020 season, when he hit a mixed .193 in 31 video games with Arizona and Oakland. Nevertheless, he completed robust, hitting .267 with three homers in 13 video games after signing with the A’s.
Lamb hit 30 homers with 30 doubles and 105 RBIs in 2017 with Arizona. He hit 29 homers in 2016 however has not reached double figures in homers in every other season. He holds a .239 profession batting common in seven seasons.
Atlanta designated left-hander Phil Pfeifer for task to clear a spot for Lamb on the 40-man roster.
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