Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have called up 23-year-old prospect Jake Lamb, a 2012 sixth-round pick who’s hit .321 in three seasons as a pro.
Lamb was just promoted from Double-A to Triple-A last week, so it’s a little odd to see the Diamondbacks jumping the third baseman all the way to the majors now.
He’s hit .327 with 15 homers, 39 doubles, and a .973 OPS in 108 total games this season and has topped a .925 OPS in each of his three seasons in the minors. He figures to take over as the starter at third base, where the Diamondbacks had been using former top prospect Andy Marte since trading Martin Prado to the Yankees.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.