I’m not exactly sure if it’s a courtesy, a genuine attempt to find someone to eat his contract, or what, but according to a tweet from Dany Knobler– the Knobler!– of CBS Sports, the Jays have placed Adam Lind on outright waivers, which makes him available to any team who’ll claim him, or will remove him from the 40-man roster if he gets through. Yikes.
Mike Wilner tweets that he has confirmed the rumour from a reliable Jays source, as well.
MLBTR passes along the following from Jon Heyman, also of CBS:
our guy @DKnobler reports adam lind was placed on outright waivers friday. a.l. exec says, “no chance he gets claimed.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 19, 2012
Lind is owed whatever’s left of his $5-million salary this season, $5-million more for 2013, plus a $3.5-million in option year buyouts, according to Cot’s.
Wilner adds that he believes we’ll know whether Lind cleared or not on Wednesday. He also tweets that he’s been told that the club doesn’t see Vlad Guerrero as an option until June (though that timeline has already been shortened once, let’s not forget), and suggests this move is about the contract and not the 40-man spot, as they could have put Dustin McGowan on the 60-day DL to free up a roster spot, had they wanted to.
Edwin Encarnacion went through a thing like this twice two years ago– actually becoming a member of Oakland’s organization for a brief time, before being picked back up by the Jays– and the club still maintained some kind of a belief in him, I guess, so… it’s not like Lind’s time with the club is completely up. Epecially since most clubs aren’t going to touch him after how awfully he’s played for the last two-and-a-quarter seasons, save for one 26 game stretch last year, starting April 25th and spanning his DL trip, in which he OPS’d 1.372, after having come in at .599, then OPSing .540 from June 19th to the All-Star break, and .589 in the second half.
Those 26 games were the lone bright spot for Lind through basically the entirety of his .712 OPS 2010, to his miserable .586 OPS start to this season, and hardly enough to engender the kind of hope for him that a lot of people still seem to have for him. *COUGH* Wilner *COUGH*
I mean, I’d like to be hopeful–and I get that, as House of the Bluebird, and others, have pointed out, Lind’s plate discipline numbers looked similar this year to his great 2009– it’s just… that’s a screaming shitload of bad performance to look past.
But… whatever the case, this is almost certainly not the end for Lind is this organization– there’s just too much money left on his deal to reasonably expect anyone will touch him. He’ll likely clear waivers and get to working on putting his shit together in the minors. Yes, Adam Lind. Y’know, the guy who mysti-fucking-fyingly batted cleanup for the team in 21 of the 34 games he played this year? Jesus fuck…
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