ATLANTA — If Jake Lamb can become the powerful presence he was before being saddled with injuries the past few years, the Braves may have adequately addressed one of their bench needs.
The Braves and Lamb are in agreement on a one-year contract, according to a source. The deal is pending the results of a physical and intake testing. The club has not announced the agreement.
Lamb totaled 59 homers and produced an .843 OPS for the D-backs over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. But the 30-year-old corner infielder has battled multiple injuries over the past three seasons.
After hitting 30 homers during his 2017 All-Star season, Lamb had a left rotator cuff issue that limited him to 56 games in 2018. He underwent season-ending surgery in August that year and then strained his left quadriceps muscle less than two weeks into the 2019 season.
Lamb was unsuccessful in his attempt to rebound last year. He hit .116 with a .380 OPS over 18 games before being designated for assignment and released by the D-backs. After signing with the A’s, he batted .267 with three homers and an .882 OPS over 49 plate appearances.
With Lamb, the Braves add power potential to a bench that currently counts Johan Camargo as its top pinch-hit option. Jason Kipnis and Pablo Sandoval are among the non-roster invitees who will also fight for a bench spot.