Twins, Lamb agree to 2-year deal to help boost offense

MINNEAPOLIS -- Third baseman Mike Lamb and the Minnesota Twins agreed Friday to a $6.6 million, two-year contract with an
option for 2010.

Lamb is likely to get a chance to play regularly for the Twins,
looking for more offense at third base. Nick Punto played 108 games
at third this season and hit only .210 with one home run and 25
RBIs in 472 at-bats.

The 32-year-old Lamb hit .289 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs in 124
games with the Houston Astros this season. He has a career batting
average of .281 with 68 homers and 313 RBIs.

Minnesota also signed slick-fielding shortstop Adam Everett on
Thursday. He spent his first seven seasons with Houston.

"We're a lot better off than we were a month ago," Twins
general manager Bill Smith said. "We're pleased with the guys that
we've got."

Lamb was selected by Texas in the seventh round of the June 1997
draft. His best year came with Houston in 2006, when he hit .307
with 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 381 at-bats.

He was drafted by the Twins in 1996 as a junior at Cal
State-Fullerton, but didn't sign.