Twins Ink Chase Lambin

13 Nov

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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.


6 Responses to “Twins Ink Chase Lambin”

  1. TT November 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Seth –

    Aren’t Tolbert, Plouffe and Hughes all out of options next year? I have thought that is part of the reason they are apparently considering non-tendering Hardy. If they keep Hardy they will have to give up on at least one more of those other guys. They aren’t going to keep six infielders, including Casilla and Valencia.

    With Macri and Jimenez also gone, that really leaves Gardenhire as the only AAA guy likely to be back. With the exception of Brendan Harris, they don’t have anyone ready as major league reserves. Singleton or Dinkelman might get there by the end of the season, but then again they might not.

  2. Seth November 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    I know that Plouffe and Hughes have another option year left.

    Dinkelman’s an outfielder now, although in a pinch he could play some 2B.

    Rochester infield as of today would likely be Hughes, Plouffe, Singleton and Lambin. I’m just not sure what they’ll do with Harris.

    This is a solid signing assuming it isn’t a 40 man roster spot.

  3. roger November 14, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    A agree Seth. I think that Tolbert also has an option, but I don’t see them using it. I think you are right that the Rochester infield with be Hughes at second, Plouffe at short and Lambin at third. Harris will alternate with Lambin and Hughes. If Singleton moves up (which I agree with you he should), that would alter everything. Also, think there is an excellent chance Hughes will be with the Twins which would open second up for Sing and Harris.

  4. mike wants wins November 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Florida just dealt their CF…..Span, a pitching prospect and a good hitting prospect for Uggla…..

  5. Justin November 16, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I live in Syracuse and saw Lambin play many times in 2010. His numbers are there for everyone to see, but I can add that he seems to be a great guy — always running out ground balls, always signing autographs, always apparently working hard. And for what it’s worth, he made the IL All-Star team last season.

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