Jake Lamb designated for assignment by D-backs, Pavin Smith called up

Sep 10, 2020, 1:39 PM | Updated: 7:46 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb advances to third base against the Texas Rangers in the fifth innin...
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb advances to third base against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning during a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Arizona Diamondbacks designated infielder Jake Lamb for assignment on Thursday.

Taking Lamb’s place on the active roster will be 2017 first-round pick Pavin Smith, who was selected from the alternate training site.

Lamb, 29, is the longest-tenured member of the D-backs after making his debut in August of 2014.

The lefty has struggled mightily at the plate since an All-Star campaign in 2017, when he hit .279 in the first half of the season with 20 homers and 67 RBIs. In the second half, he posted a batting average of .204 and trended downhill from there.

Working through injuries the two following seasons, Lamb’s OPS over 464 plate appearances wouldn’t break .700. This year, Lamb has six walks and five hits in 50 plate appearances for an on-base percentage of .240.

Despite the numbers suggesting Lamb was not the level of player who represented the D-backs at the All-Star Game in 2017, manager Torey Lovullo continued to give Lamb opportunities in the last three seasons, to the frustration of many within the team’s fanbase. Lamb hit .116 in 18 games this year.

Lamb is on the books for a salary of $5.5 million in 2020 and then becomes a free agent in 2021.

Smith hit .291 with 12 homers and 67 RBIs in Double-A Jackson last season, ranking third in OPS (.836) across the Southern League.


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Diamondbacks

Tampa Bay Rays' Jordan Luplow celebrates in the dugout after his grand slam during the first inning...
Wills Rice

Arizona Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jordan Luplow from Rays

The Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Jordan Luplow from the Tampa Bay Rays in return for infielder Ronny Simon.
4 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after Eno Benjamin #26 (not pictured) scores a ...
Kevin Zimmerman

What Arizona sports fans can be thankful for in 2021

The spirit of Thanksgiving is about the gratefulness that comes with not having it all, but enjoying the some that you do have.
1 day ago
Kyle Nelson #30 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth innin...
Jake Anderson

D-backs claim left-hander Kyle Nelson from Cleveland Guardians

LHP Kyle Nelson has pitched 10.1 innings over 11 appearances in his two years in the MLB, all of which have come out of the bullpen.
6 days ago
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates works against an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the...
Arizona Sports

Report: D-backs ‘in mix’ to sign reliever Kirby Yates

The Diamondbacks are among six teams in the running to sign 2019 MLB All-Star and free agent Kirby Yates, reports Ken Rosenthal.
7 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte connects for a single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ...
Nicholas Hodell

CBS’ Axisa: D-backs’ Marte and Kelly seen as offseason trade candidates

Three players from the Arizona Diamondbacks are among this offseason's top trade candidates, according to CBS Sports' Mike Axisa.
12 days ago
Houston Astros Pitching Coach Brent Storm (56) keeps a close watch on the mound during the regular ...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks officially hire Brent Strom as new pitching coach

The D-backs have hired Brent Strom, the Astros' pitching coach for the last eight years, to the same position, the team announced Thursday.
12 days ago
Jake Lamb designated for assignment by D-backs, Pavin Smith called up