Per team releases by the Cincinnati Reds and the Tampa Bay Rays, it has been discovered that recently DFA'd southpaw John Lamb has been traded to the Rays by the Reds in exchange for cash considerations. The deal was first reported by Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors on November 2nd.
Lamb, 26, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB Draft and was sent to Cincinnati as part of the return package in the Johnny Cueto deal. Lamb made his MLB debut not long after, as he went six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 14th, 2015, taking the loss after giving up 8 hits and 5 runs, all while striking out seven Dodgers. In 2016, Lamb was abysmal when healthy, as the southpaw posted a bloated 6.43 ERA in 70 innings of work, which included 14 starts. Lamb went 1-7 overall and walked 31 batters, along with 58 strikeouts.
For the Rays, Lamb will start the 2017 season on the disabled list, as Lamb underwent a major medical procedure on his back to repair a lumbar disc herniation. This was his second major back surgery in 10 months, as in December of 2015, Lamb underwent surgery to repair a disc in his back.
It is currently unclear what Lamb will contribute to with the Rays once he returns from injury, but one would assume that the Rays would take the smarter route and consider him in the bullpen, with a spot start or two mixed in.