Yankees complete trade for Lamb

Updated: February 6, 2004, 4:05 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees finalized their deal for Mike Lamb on Friday, acquiring the third baseman from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Jose Garcia.

The teams worked out the deal Tuesday, but held off on completing it until New York opened a roster spot. The Yankees placed Drew Henson on waivers Thursday.

New York needed a third baseman after All-Star Aaron Boone injured his left knee Jan. 16 playing pickup basketball. Boone, who might have torn his anterior cruciate ligament, is to have exploratory arthroscopic surgery Tuesday.

The Yankees already had numerous candidates to replace Boone: Enrique Wilson, Erick Almonte, Miguel Cairo and Tyler Houston all can play the position. Henson was also a third baseman before deciding to return to football.

Lamb, 28, hit .283 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 314 at-bats for the Rangers in 2002, getting a chance to play full-time after Hank Blalock had trouble as a rookie.

But Blalock blossomed last year in spring training and beat out Lamb for the job. Lamb hit .132 (5-for-38) with two RBI in several short stints with Texas. He batted .288 with nine homers and 46 RBIs at Triple-A Oklahoma, and in parts of seven minor league seasons has a career average over .300.

Garcia, 22, was a combined 10-8 with a 2.52 ERA while splitting last season with Class A teams Battle Creek and Tampa. The Yankees signed the Venezuelan right-hander as an undrafted free agent in 1999.


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