Yankees complete trade for Lamb

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees finalized their deal for
Mike Lamb on Friday, acquiring the third baseman from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Jose Garcia.

The teams worked out the deal Tuesday, but held off on
completing it until New York opened a roster spot. The Yankees
placed Drew Henson on waivers Thursday.

New York needed a third baseman after All-Star Aaron Boone
injured his left knee Jan. 16 playing pickup basketball. Boone, who
might have torn his anterior cruciate ligament, is to have
exploratory arthroscopic surgery Tuesday.

The Yankees already had numerous candidates to
replace Boone: Enrique Wilson, Erick Almonte, Miguel Cairo and
Tyler Houston all can play the position. Henson was also a third baseman before deciding to return to football.

Lamb, 28, hit .283 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 314
at-bats for the Rangers in 2002, getting a chance to play full-time
after Hank Blalock had trouble as a rookie.

But Blalock blossomed last year in spring training and beat out
Lamb for the job. Lamb hit .132 (5-for-38) with two RBI in several
short stints with Texas. He batted .288 with nine homers and 46
RBIs at Triple-A Oklahoma, and in parts of seven minor league
seasons has a career average over .300.

Garcia, 22, was a combined 10-8 with a 2.52 ERA while splitting
last season with Class A teams Battle Creek and Tampa. The Yankees
signed the Venezuelan right-hander as an undrafted free agent in