The Chicago White Sox have reportedly added more depth to their roster ahead of Opening Day. Per Robert Murray of Fansided, the club agreed to terms with corner infielder Jake Lamb on Monday morning.
The 30-year-old left-hander will bring versatility around the diamond as he looks to embark upon a bounce-back season at the plate. Over 31 games last year, Lamb slashed .193/.283/.352, hit three home runs, and recorded ten RBIs. Playing in Chicago should give Lamb more power opportunities than he experienced in Oakland and Arizona. While the Andrew Vaughn experiment plays out in left field, the White Sox turn to Lamb as an external addition they hope can replace some of the offensive production that will be lost due to Eloy Jimenez’s injury.
In addition to signing Lamb, the White Sox also released Jonathan Lucroy.
Just a few weeks ago, Lucroy looked to be the leading candidate for the backup catcher role. However, Zack Collins has gone on an offensive tear down the home stretch of Spring Training, so he will presumably handle catching duties behind Yasmani Grandal.