Archive for the ‘Adam Lind’ Category


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.

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Player A has a .391 wOBA, a wRC+ of 147, a 13.2% walk rate, and a .370 on-base in 492 plate appearances.

Player B has a .385 wOBA, a wRC+ of 143, an 11.4% walk rate, and a .376 on-base in 396 plate appearances.

Over two seasons, Player A has a .386 wOBA, 144 wRC+, 12.6 BB%, and a .371 OBP in 968 PA.

Player B, over two seasons, has a .369 wOBA, 133 wRC+, 10.4 BB%,and a .361 OBP in 653 PA.

Obviously Player A is a shade better– especially factoring in the two year data, where his numbers are basically the same, whereas Player B’s 2012 was not quite as good as this season, which is dragging him down in the overall. But it’s pretty close, and those are some pretty spiffy numbers, regardless.

As you could probably guess from the image and the title of the post, one of those lines belongs to Adam Lind. No, really! Player B is Lind’s split against right handing pitching.

And Player A?

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Toronto Blue Jays v San Diego Padres

Adam Lind played so poorly for so long, and had so many fan circling their calendars for the day his contract would be off the club’s books, that I suspect a whole lot of them have it in their heads, completely unquestioned, that this is his walk year.

It’s not.

No, really. And imagine my shock when, after such a long time of simply assuming that Lind’s dead weight could finally be jettisoned at the end of this season, I made my way to the club’s page on Cot’s Baseball Contracts and re-remembered what the actual terms of his deal are.

To wit:

Adam Lind OF
4 years/$18M (2010-13), plus 2014-16 club options

  • signed extension with Toronto 4/3/10, replacing 1-year, $0.41M deal for 2010
  • $0.6M signing bonus
  • 10:$0.4M, 11:$5M, 12:$5M, 13:$5M, 14:$7M club option ($2M buyout), 15:$7.5M club option ($1M buyout), 16:$8M club option ($0.5M buyout)
  • sent outright to Triple-A by Toronto 5/31/12
  • contract purchased by Toronto 6/25/12

That’s right. Lind, whose contract’s vaunted “team friendly” nature I’ve scoffed at for so long around here might still actually turn out to be fucking team friendly.

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Monday was not a particularly eventful first day of the Winter Meetings, though that didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the post count around here, as all kinds of things happened quickly, and all kinds of interesting tidbits came to the fore. Some of them, it turns out, may have gotten a bit lost in translation– or, at the very least, lost when being condensed into 140 characters– as, thanks to the excellent work of Gregor Chisholm at his North of the Border blog, we can see a full transcript of comments Alex Anthopous made when speaking to the media earlier.

Here are a few spots that ought to be noted, given some of the other things posted here over the course of Day One…

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Is it possible that, in the wake of The Trade with the Miami Marlins, and how the rest of the off-season has gone so far, that Alex Anthopoulos actually misses having scorn heaped down his throat? That he misses the infuriated bellowing of fans that we all got so very used to over the summer?

Because there aren’t a whole lot of other explanations for this:

Insanity. But as far as alternate explanations go, here’s the one I’m repeating to myself in order to keep my blood from boiling: he’s posturing.

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I get the feeling that being demoted to the minors after nearly seven hundred games in the Majors, including a Silver Slugger season, passed through waivers, unclaimed, then specifically not mentioned by your General Manager as one of the club’s core pieces, maaaaaybe has a rather dramatic impact on the number of fucks you can possibly give about saying the safe thing when you go on the radio to discuss the upcoming season. Because… Adam Lind, everybody!

Lind spoke on Jeff Blair’s show this morning (audio here)– Sportsnet’s Mike Cormack transcribed it– and… OK, it’s maybe not mind-blowingly salacious or anything, and maybe athletes now are just so media coached to death that a little bit of honesty seems way bigger than it is, but he made couple notable comments, at the very least.

For example, asked whether the presence of a Mark Buehrle will help the club, Lind noted that it would help Ricky Romero in particular.

“I think there’s a bunch of guys in our clubhouse that’ll benefit from that,” he explained. “You put yourself in the situation of our clubhouse last year and Ricky was considered the veteran leader even though he had four years of service time and really, in the grand scheme of things, that’s not a veteran at all. And that’s part of going the young route and we’ve changed that and it’ll probably take some pressure off Ricky, it’ll take some pressure off me.”

Oh, it gets better…

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Adam Lind Hates Walks

Golly gee gosh darn it! Another walk!

John Lott of the National Post filed a story on Adam Lind last night, speaking with the 1B/DH about ending the season with a solid little September– a relatively nifty turnaround after having reached the nadir of his professional career with a demotion to Las Vegas at the end of May. In the piece Lind addresses what he believes was the key to his turnaround, and it’s… um… interesting.

And by “interesting,” I mean positively Cito-esque.

“I think the walk is a little overrated,” he says.

“Sometimes there’s an environment around here that people want us to walk. You just can’t do that with the pitching you’re facing in this league, in this division,” he explains.

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