12/14/07 9:04 PM ET
Twins sign Lamb to two-year deal
Third baseman follows former teammate Everett to Minnesota
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Having been in a platoon role for much of his career, Lamb has also not had much of a chance to face left-handed pitching. But Antony said that the Twins will have him face plenty of left-handed pitchers during Spring Training when the club tries him out in the starting role.With the signing, Lamb also joins his former Astros teammate, Everett, to make up the left side of the Twins infield. The Twins signed Everett to a one-year, $2.8 million deal on Thursday after he was non-tendered by the Astros the previous day. But while some pointed to the signing of Everett as a step back offensively for a club that's ultimately seeking bats, Antony said it was just a temporary diversion from the team's primary goal of adding more offense. "Shortstop is one of those positions where you might sacrifice a little offense to get the defense," Antony said. "But with Lamb, we're right back to getting guys that can hit." Calls to Lamb were not returned. With the additions of Lamb and Everett to the left side of the infield, the Twins will likely use Brendan Harris as their primary second baseman. Harris, who was acquired along with Delmon Young in the six-player trade with Tampa Bay, hit .286 last season with 12 homers and 59 RBIs and should also give the Twins another bat with some pop. Punto's role likely will become more of a utility player, one that he filled for the club before taking over at third. "I think between Harris, Punto, Lamb and Everett, we feel pretty good about our infield," Antony said. "A lot better than we did a month ago. We have some flexibility." Despite the flurry of activity this week, the Twins certainly aren't done making moves. There still is an opening in center field and the club has yet to secure a trade for their ace Johan Santana, though they continue to talk with other teams. Many expect that hole in center to be filled in a Santana trade, but there is also the issue of pitching that could still be addressed. "We're going to be young on the mound -- especially in the rotation -- if we have to trade Santana," Antony said. "So the keys for us are going to be center field and trying to figure out what the rotation is going to look like."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.