Saving money wasn't the only motivation for the
“I’m excited. I’m beyond excited for the opportunity,” Lambo said. “At the same time, I liked Travis. Everyone liked Travis. I know he was a big part of the team, a big part of the clubhouse and … well, I just have to be myself. I have to be the player, the person I am and show up every day to help the Pirates win. I’m grateful to be getting that chance.”
Lambo was sent to the minors last season after a rough spring training. He battled through a thumb injury, but once he returned to 100 percent, Lambo got on track offensively. He hit .328 with a .563 slugging percentage and .952 OPS in 61 games for Triple-A Indianapolis before he was back in the majors in late August.
“The way I look at it, I battled back, I came back,” he said. “I was there in Pittsburgh playing in games that mattered in front of full houses and against the Cardinals or Johnny Cueto, and I feel like I grew up there, like I matured.”
Lambo will now go to spring training looking to grab a bench spot as a fourth outfielder/backup first baseman.
“Honestly, this is the first time in my career I just relaxed, checked out a little bit," he said. "I was always running around the Arizona Fall League or winter ball and now … I don’t know, I feel like this has been good. I feel hungry. I want to get out there and prove … not to everybody but to my team that I can do the job. I can’t wait for that.”
Castillo is a career .314 hitter in 35 at-bats.
As part of the trade sending outfielder
The left-handed Tarpley pitched at Class A in 2014 and went 3-5 with a 3.68 ERA.
Snider hit .264 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 2014 and will be a free agent after the 2016 season. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Snider fits in well with the team, reports MASNsports.com.
"Snider is a solid dependable power-hitting outfielder and is an excellent fit for Camden Yards," Duquette said.
To make room for Snider, the Orioles designated
The 26-year-old Snider is in his second year of arbitration and will be a free agent after the 2016 season. He will make $2.1 million in 2015.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Josh Harrison , 3B||.315|
|HR||Andrew McCutchen , CF||25|
|RBI||Andrew McCutchen , CF||83|
|OBP||Andrew McCutchen , CF||.410|
|SLG||Andrew McCutchen , CF||.542|
|R||Andrew McCutchen , CF||89|
|SB||Starling Marte , LF||30|
|W||Edinson Volquez , SP||13|
|ERA||Edinson Volquez , SP||3.04|
|WHIP||Edinson Volquez , SP||1.23|
|K||Francisco Liriano , SP||175|
|SV||Mark Melancon , RP||33|
|Full Team Statistics|
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