36-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jason Lane in 2013. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jason Lane Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Twins in December of 2012.
Lane agreed to a minor-league deal with the Twins on Thursday, MLB.com reports.
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Jason Lane: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jason Lane.
Lane latched on with the Padres in September as an injury replacement. He is a spare part in San Diego and may not return to the team in 2008. He provides occasional pop off the bench, however, that aspect of his game will be tempered if he remains in pitcher-friendly San Diego. Lane is 31 years old and his window to win a full-time role may be closed for good.
After busting out to the tune of 26 home runs, 34 doubles and 78 RBI in 517 at-bats in 2005, Lane had a miserable 2006, hitting a paltry .201 and earning a stint in the minors. The power he showed in 2005 didn't totally disappear, as he still hit 15 homers in 288 at-bats, but he simply couldn't get in any sort of rhythm at the plate. With Carlos Lee now patrolling left field for the Astros, Lane will have to earn time playing behind Luke Scott in right.
Lane finally got his regular job, and while the bulk numbers were good, Lane's overall value was fairly low thanks to a .316 OBP. A horrific May (.118/.189/.176) killed his stats, though he was good to great in every other month. Talk up his low OBP and try and get him cheaper, as he could be this year's Ensberg.
Lane was temporarily the everyday right fielder for the Astros in 2004 when they traded away a disgruntled Richard Hidalgo. Lane's role was reduced heavily just a few weeks later with the acquisition of Carlos Beltran. Lane could see a starting spot in left field open up if Craig Biggio is moved to second with the departure of Jeff Kent.
A sports hernia idled Lane's development at Triple-A New Orleans in 2003, though one could argue that he really needed no more development. His career path represents a problem common to the Astros' organization in general - they have precious few hitting prospects, and those that they have are too old for their level. Barring an offseason trade, there's still no space on the Astros for Lane to have an everyday job. Maybe in 2005.
Lane might not have enough power to become an everyday player as an outfielder. If he remains with the Astros, he faces a logjam in competing for playing time with Richard Hidalgo, Orlando Merced, and Brian Hunter at the two spots where Lance Berkman is not playing.