Adam Lind is having a fine season and deserves to have his option for 2014 picked up, not just because of his play on the field, where he’s been a near-elite bat against right-handed pitching (he currently ranks 14th among qualified hitters vs. RHP), but because of how cheap he’ll come– as I wrote earlier in the week.
In writing that piece I was pivoting off the work of Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, who had spoken to Lind about his potential contract limbo. Last night, in another piece at Sportsnet, Shi Davidi followed up with Lind, beginning his piece thusly:
Adam Lind remains uncertain about what the Toronto Blue Jays will do with his 2014 contract option, even after being told by Alex Anthopoulos that he’s put himself in a good position with the season he’s had.
As a matter of course, the Blue Jays don’t make decisions on contract options until the deadline, which for Lind is three days after the World Series ends, giving them the freedom to explore trades and alternatives before making a final call.
Lind speaks in the piece about already getting nostalgic for his time here, as though he seems to think there’s a genuine chance that he’s could be gone, but what’s most interesting, across both pieces, is the fact that he seems to find the Jays’ policies somewhat irksome.
Or… I suppose it’s not that he finds the policies irksome that’s surprising, but the fact that he’s so willing to say so.
Here’s what he said in Nicholson-Smith’s piece:
“I want to be here and I don’t want to be at home for a month. I would prefer Alex to do it face to face and not over the phone. I’ve been in this franchise for 10 years. I think I deserve to be treated man to man, in a face-to-face conversation. Maybe it’s not to him, but to me it’s obviously a life-changer, so I would prefer to have it face to face.”
Then last night, with the beginnings of Davidi’s piece in mind:
“You know Alex pretty well, it’s pretty much the explanation I anticipated. I’m not really looking too deep into it, we all know how he answers questions, no matter who you are, and what he told you is exactly what he told me. There are still 11 games left, I have a lot of at-bats but still, these 11 games could make or break that decision one way or the other. There’s not really much to say about what he said.”
Do we make anything of this? Are we even imagining the tone right? Is he being that negative?
Not only is it pretty damn innocuous (and, frankly, spot on), it’s also Friday, and late September of another meaningless grind, so I’m figuring the answer is a resounding “who cares?” But I can’t help but wonder how much more willing we’d be to take a giant dump on Lind’s comments if, say, he were having a season as bad as J.P. Arencibia’s. Not that I’d know anything about that.