08/25/08 11:25 PM ET
Lamb's short tenure with Twins ends
Third baseman designated to clear way for Guardado
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Although he now will have a chance to perhaps catch on with another club, possibly in the National League, Lamb said it didn't make the news on Monday any easier."I'm embarrassed for having been fired," Lamb said. "I wish it would have turned out better. Bill and Rob [Antony, Twins assistant GM] stuck their necks out for me, and I let them down. I hope going forward it won't be held against them. I wish I had performed better for the team. I felt like as of late, I had been. It's just my doing well lately felt like it wasn't buying me anymore time on the field. So in that regard, it was time to move on." Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that in the end, the two sides just weren't quite the match that he had hoped. "The energy level wasn't what we expected," Gardenhire said of Lamb. "He's a veteran, a laid-back guy and we play at a different level. We like to run and do all those kinds of things. ... We were just looking for a little different thing. That's probably why it didn't work out here." As for the notion that it was his laid-back attitude that prevented him from sticking with the Twins, Lamb said he was never aware it was an issue. "I mean, if it was a problem, I wish someone would have told me," Lamb said. "I would have thrown stuff if I needed to." The Twins have 10 days to trade or release Lamb. They likely will be on the hook for the remaining $3.8 million that is owed to Lamb. Knowing that Lamb was signed through 2009 made cutting him a bit more difficult, Smith said. But in the end, that was something the team couldn't let factor into its decision. "First and foremost, we had to look at what is best for the team and what is going to help us win games right now," Smith said. "Unfortunately, Mike Lamb, he hasn't been getting many at-bats and getting the opportunity. I know he's a better player than he showed earlier this year. I know he's a better hitter and better player. His career numbers tell us that. We certainly wish him well."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.