Shayna Rubin of the Bay Area News Group reported on Saturday night, citing multiple sources, that the A’s would sign Jake Lamb, who was nominated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week.
Susan Slusher of the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed that A would sign Lamb, but noted that he would not remain a free agent until Monday, so the deal may not be official until then.
It will not be easy to fill the void left by Chapman, a two-time Platinum Glove winner and one of the leaders in the club house, but Lamb is a former NL All-Star with a 30-homer season on his resume.
When the A’s announced on Saturday that Chapman would need hip surgery, they were expecting Pinder and Vimal Makin to platoon at third base for the rest of the season. But Pinder suffered a hamstring injury during Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Texas Rangers and may be on the injured list.
Lamb’s best seasons in the desert came in 2016 and 2017, in the latter of which he hit 105 with 30 homers and earned his single All-Star selection.
But since three seasons, Lamb has hit 12 homers, 62 RBI in 152 matches. This season, he was sliding to .116 / .240 / .140 with no family and an RBI. He has just five hits in 43 at-bats. Therefore, on Thursday, the D-backs finally decided to move on from the sixth-round MLB draft pick.
Now, if Lamb does indeed sign with the A’s, he will have a chance to rejuvenate his career and help the A’s compete for the World Series title.