O’s Claim Lambert From Tigers

The Orioles have claimed RHP Chris Lambert off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and optioned him to AAA Norfolk.

Grade: C

This appears to be a move to fill the AAA rotation and allow LHP Chris Waters to go back to pitching out of relief. Theres also enough potential here to take a shot. Lambert was a first round pick by the St.Louis Cardinals in 2004. Hes 26 years old and hasn’t had much success at the Major League level. In AAA this year hes thrown 126.2 innings to the tune of a 6-7 record and 3.55 ERA. He seems to be a fly ball pitcher and he has a 106/31 strikeout to walk ratio, which isn’t bad. Last year in the same league he went 12-8 with a 3.50 ERA over 149.1 innings with a 124/48 strikeout to walk ratio. Its another arm for the inventory and it didn’t cost us anything, so whats not to like?

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