By Jason Shetler
According to Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout, the Oakland Athletics have claimed Andrew Lambo off waivers from the Pirates.
Lambo came over to the Pirates as part of the Octavio Dotel deal from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the 2010 trade deadline. His best season was in 2013 when he blasted a combined 32 home runs for AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis, and was named the Pirates Minor League Player of the Year in the process. Lambo however struggled on three different occasions in Pittsburgh, as he posted just a .530 OPS. He’ll be entering 2016 in his age 27 season, which is still relatively young, so perhaps Oakland believes the potential is still there for him to at least be a decent contributor at the big league level. While Lambo certainly profiles as a designated hitter type, it’s hard to imagine he would receive many at-bats in that role with Billy Butler being their primary DH.