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February 03, 2004


Traded 3B/1B MIKE LAMB to the New York Yankees for pitcher JOSE GARCIA.

In a happy confluence of events, Aaron Boone's injury allowed Texas to acquire a decent pitching prospect for a player who had no future with the team. Mike Lamb isn't a bad player but never developed into a worthwhile starter. With hands of stone and offense too heavy dependent on raw batting average, he certainly wasn't going to challenge Hank Blalock. Now 28, Lamb looks to have topped out as a backup. Lamb will compete with Tyler Houston and Miguel Cairo for the starting 3B job in New York (barring further acquisitions by the Yankees), and he has a real chance at significant playing time. Jose Garcia is a 21-year-old Venezuluan who offered a 2.52 ERA, 37 walks and 104 Ks in 157 innings in A ball

Posted by Lucas at February 3, 2004 11:59 AM