A player that once looked like the third baseman of the future for the Diamondbacks is ready to be picked up by an MLB team after his encouraging finish to his 2020 season.
Jake Lamb was an All-Star in 2017, launching 30 home runs and driving in 105 runs, but injuries derailed him, eventually leading to him being designated for assignment by Arizona in early September of last season. He missed time with a shoulder sprain in 2018 but then returned only to further injure that same shoulder, requiring surgery for a frayed rotator cuff.
After only hitting .116 with one RBI and 17 strikeouts in 43 at-bats last season, the Diamondbacks had to move on. After losing Matt Chapman to injury at third base, the Oakland A’s rolled the dice on Lamb and reaped the benefits. The change of scenery helped Lamb post 12 hits in 13 games with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI’s. The resurgence of Lamb came just in the nick of time as his window in the MLB was closing.
If he stays healthy, Lamb very well could continue his hot hitting and be a big piece for a relatively small price. Lamb appeared in 14 games at third base last season and 12 games at first base, two positions of which Milwaukee are in need.
This is probably the riskiest of the five players that the Brewers may target in terms of recent production, but he also has one of the highest ceilings if he can stay healthy and get enough opportunities. It’s hard to not root for a guy that has battled back through injury and is poised to make a big impact for a team. Lamb could be one of the biggest bargains in free agency this offseason.