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The Twins have come to an agreement with minor league infielder Chase Lambin. The 31 year old switch-hitter spent the 2010 season playing for Syracuse, the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals. He hit .252/.327/.414 with 28 doubles, 15 home runs and 58 RBI. He spent 2009 in Japan playing for Chiba Lotte. In 58 games there, he hit .192/.254/.358 with four homers. He was in the Marlins organization for the 2007 and 2008 seasons and posted a .896 OPS in 2008 at AAA when he hit .300/378/.518 with 15 doubled, five triples and 14 RBI. Lambin was originally a 34th round pick by the New York Mets in 2002 out of the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. In his nine professional seasons, he has played all around the infield, primarily at 2B and 3B. Last year, he saw time at 1B (19 games), 2B (48), 3B (51), LF (6) and RF (4). He has been solid at worst with the glove throughout his career, although the .910 fielding percentage at 3B last year isn’t good.
At this point, I am not aware of whether it is a minor league contract, or if it is a spot on the 40 man roster. Honestly, he looks like an improvement as a utility infielder in Rochester over Matt Macri or Toby Gardenhire. But I guess I wouldn’t mind if he was brought in to Spring Training and given a shot to compete with Matt Tolbert for a Twins utility spot. Lambin has not played in the big leagues to this point in his career.
If nothing else, it appears that the Twins are looking to help the Rochester Red Wings in 2011 by providing some early signings for their roster. Obviously this isn’t the kind of signing that will win a division title for the Twins, but as I’ve said before, teams need all 40 players on their roster and usually another half-dozen or so who get added throughout the season.
Any thoughts? Feel free to leave your comments here.