The Blue Jays release Jake Lamb
Blue jays announcement this utility Jake Lamb authorized the release waivers. He is now a free agent. Lamb was nominated for an assignment last week, a move that created a vacancy on the 40-man roster filled on Wednesday when the club selected reliever Jacob Barnes back in the big leagues.
Lamb shared the 2021 campaign between the White Sox and the Jays. He totaled 170 home plate appearances between the two clubs, reaching 0.194 / 0.306 / 0.368 with seven home runs. The left-handed hitter continued his long history of drawing many walks and he offered a bit of power, but Lamb also stoked 30% of his career-worst flat trips. He will arrive on the open market and look for an opportunity elsewhere for next season, but it is possible that he will be limited to minor league offers with invitations to spring training given his struggles over the past few years.
Barnes is returning to the majors after being nominated for an assignment in July. The right-hander started the year with the Mets but was traded to Toronto in June. He didn’t find much success with either club, throwing a total of 27 2/3 frames of 6.18 ERA balls. However, Barnes has been much better since accepting a title against Buffalo Triple-A. He allowed just one run in 14 1/3 innings with the Bisons, posting a whopping 60.5% ground ball ratio for the miners.