The A’s have released outfielder/first baseman Andrew Lambo, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link). Lambo had been on the DL at Triple-A Nashville with a wrist injury, but had been recently cleared to play.
Lambo was limited to just 56 minor league games and one MLB game in 2016 after undergoing surgery to treat testicular cancer. The 28-year-old happily made a full recovery from that procedure and signed a new minor league deal with Oakland last October.
Originally a fourth-round pick for the Dodgers in the 2007 draft, Lambo has hit .189/.230/.295 over an even 100 career plate appearances in the majors, appearing in 60 games with the Pirates and A’s since 2013. He got off to a slow start in Triple-A this season (undoubtedly the wrist injury was a factor) but overall, Lambo has a .276/.342/.456 slash line in 3340 PA over his minor league career.
Another bust for the bucs. Chad Hermansen, Brad Eldred, Andrew Lambo….etc…
Lambo, you are not expendable
Eldred was a 6th round pick, and Lambo was a Dodger draft pick, so I’m not sure who those are “busts” for the Pirates.
In a 2010 blockbuster trade, the Dodgers sent Lambo and James MacDonald to the Pirates for Octavio Dotel… the repercussions are still being felt today..
McDonald had one good season, Lambo never had one good month, and the Dodgers dealt Dotel away a month later. Nobody wins.
FWIW, the Dodgers didn’t trade Dotel, he was a rental. He pitched for the Dodgers for the rest of the season then became a free agent. I remember at the time hearing lots of complaints that the Dodgers gave up too much for a few months of Dotel. Turns out they gave up very little. So now that all the ends in this minor trade are tied up, we can see that nobody lost, either.