The Tampa Bay Rays traded cash to the Cincinnati Reds today for southpaw John Lamb, according to Jon Heyman. The 26-year-old lefty is going to miss extended time due to a back injury that he is recovering from. He is a low risk for the Rays that could turn into a high reward, if he can stay healthy and learn from one of the best pitching coaches in Jim Hickey.
Now, a week ago, when Lamb was outrighted, I talked about how the Rays should gamble on him and now they are. He has struggled in both of his MLB seasons in Cincinnati, but has a good track record in the Royals farm system before getting shipped over to Cincinnati in the Cueto trade.
In addition, the southpaw recorded a 2-12 record in 24 games. In 119.2 innings, he struck out 116 batters, but walked 50 batters, which is the result of his lack of control. It is the same reason why he cannot keep the ball in the park.
Finally, Lamb is out of minor league options, but the Rays will most likely be willing to retain him and keep him on the 40-man then transfer him to the disabled list. When he is activated he can be a key piece in the bullpen or given a chance near the end of the rotation order.