Chicago White Sox: 3 players to cut when Adam Engel returns

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It is now time for the Chicago White Sox to consider letting go of Jake Lamb.

The White Sox signed Jake Lamb to the roster with the hopes of catching lightning in the bottle for a bargain price. Lamb was an All-Star in 2017 but since then he has struggled to stay on the field. He has yet to play over 80 games in a season since his All-Star appearance. This season Lamb has played sparingly. His name in the lineup is usually met with outcry across White Sox Twitter.

Lamb is hitting .194 with two home runs and two RBIs in 36 at-bats this season. Unlike Mendick, he is a below-average defender. His natural position is third-base but the White Sox have converted him into a left fielder. He has played seven games in left, one in right, and a pair at first and third.

He has been productive in his last three games. He homered against Minnesota, then followed that but with a hit and run scored the following day. Against New York, he also had a hit. He is also a left-handed bat which gives him a little extra value.

However, the fact that he has played very little, mixed with his lack of defense makes him a prime candidate to get cut. He does not provide the versatility of Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick. One could argue with more consistent playing time that Lamb could be more effective. He has shown flashes of power but has struggled to get into a rhythm.

It seems unlikely they will give him Vaughn’s spot in leftfield considering he is the future of the franchise. They are also paying Adam Eaton too much money for Lamb to supplant him in right. At 30 years of age, Lamb has no future with the team so it would make sense if the White Sox cut ties with him.