By Joe Christensen
The Twins signed former Houston Astros third baseman Mike Lamb today to a two-year, $6.6 million contract with an option for 2010.
Lamb, 32, batted .289 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 124 games for Houston last year. His career batting average is .281, career on-base percentage .339 and career slugging percentage is .427.
With Houston, he played both third base and first base. He was behind Morgan Ensberg at third base and often struggled to get regular playing time.
Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said the team told Lamb he will get a chance to be the everyday third baseman, noting, “We don’t like to give anything away.”
Update: La Velle sniffed out the contract details. Lamb will make $3.5 million next year and $3 million in 2009. There are performance bonuses and escalators that could make the contract worth up to $12.5 million over three years.
I spoke to Lamb. He said, “The reality is I’ve been a bench player for 5-6 years now. I realize the Twins are taking a chance on me, and I definitely appreciate it.”