Archive for the ‘Adam Lind’ Category

Top Dog: Adam Lind, 29.2%
The Worst: Kelly Johnson, -9.8%
Top Arm: Jason Frasor, 10.7%
Impact AB: Lind 3-run HR, Bot 4th, 26.2%
Impact Pitch: Bourgeois RBI 3B off Cecil, Top 3 -17.9%
Highest Leverage AB: Davis 2-run single, Bot 4, 3.66
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Bourgeois RBI 3B, Top 3, 2.00
Lineup Contribution: 40.9%
Pitching Contribution: 9.1%
Average Leverage Index: 0.89
Chart explanation

How about a hand for Staff Ace Brett Cecil and Major League First Baseman Adam Lind? It was a great day for second chances.

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)

Robert Coell-who?

OK, so Adam Lind is off the clubs 40-man roster, for super cereal this time, as the club has turned the former cleanup hitter’s spot over to… 27-year-old right-hander Robert Coell-who?, formerly of the Red Sox and Cubs organizations– and who pitched in independent ball for the Calgary Vipers and Edmonton Cracker-Cats in 2007 and 2008, for those maple dicks of you out there.

Coell-who? will take the place on the active roster of Aaron Laffey, who was optioned to Vegas following last night’s game. So, yes, this is your mystery corresponding move, and it sure as fuck is a surprise.

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Clearing Up the Lind Mystery

Just a quick update after some confusion last night, as we now know that it’s definitely possible for the Jays to have placed Adam Lind on waivers, while still keeping him on the 40-man, meaning that the reports that the original story was false, premised on the notion that he’d have been removed from the roster on Wednesday, aren’t looking so hot right now.

Back to the guys who originally confirmed that Lind was, indeed, on waivers…

So… there’s that. It seems as though the Jays did put Lind on waivers, just to see if anyone was willing to bite on taking on his contract, but that they’ve kept him on the 40-man, in case he actually gets his shit together in Triple-A– and he isn’t doing so badly, with five hits and three walks in thirteen plate appearances, including a homer and a double. Vegas, baby!

 

Image from Tom Szczerbowski/Call to the Pen.

It would appear as though, contrary to popular belief, Adam Lind wasn’t actually placed on waivers by the Jays this week.

Huh?

Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com writes that Lind would have been removed from the 40-man within 48 hours of placement, and he has two sources telling him that Lind remains on the roster– ergo, the rumour was apparently false. One of the two sources also tells Chisholm that there is no evidence of Lind having been placed on waivers at all.

Curse you, Knobler!!!!

Knobler, aka The Knobler, is– of course– Dany Knobler of CBS SportsKnobler, who Knobled earlier this week that this was, y’know… totally a thing. In the aftermath of the Knobler’s Knobling, Mike Wilner of the Rogers-owned Fan 590 tweeted, clarifying his previous assertion the club would likely not confirm Lind’s status, that he’d “just confirmed it with a very reliable source.”

Um… except, apparently not. Unless something’s about to go down, or already has and isn’t know by Gregor’s sources, or… who knows?

For the moment– and, as far as we know, the foreseeable future– Lind remains a Blue Jay. Er… a 51. Er… he’s on the 40-man. At least unless we hear otherwise. Preferably from a non-Knobler.

UPDATE: 

A couple interesting things have immediately come up in the comments. Firstly, Steve K wonders why, if this story was categorically untrue, Alex Anthopoulos didn’t come out and tell everybody as much. I mean, I get the whole cone of silence bit, but what does this protect, exactly? I’m honestly asking.

Meanwhile, Brumfield Wants Noise thinks that Lind could have indeed been passed through waivers, but kept on the 40-man roster– much like the revocable waivers we see used during the August trading period. I’m just a few too many ciders deep (yeah, that’s right, what of it?) to get that heavy into CBA stuff right now, so… I dunno, you tell me if it’s plausible!

Shit, I could get used to playing the Mets. And frankly, it seems like a whole lot of other people could to, as the internet– while the Jays series continues to go swimmingly– has turned its collective hive-mind elsewhere, notably to Adam Lind, and what his removal from the club’s 40-man roster could potentially mean. We all missed the clue, it seems, that something was coming when the Jays outrighted Trystan Magnuson a day prior to Lind’s demotion and Yan Gomes’ placement on the 40-man, so minds are racing as to what this means, and whether it could signal something bigger than Vlad Guerrero’s addition is coming.

Lotsa links on the subject in today’s scuttlebutt…

Scuttlebutt

Mop Up Duty goes there, wondering if the clues we’ve been given about Adam Lind’s work ethic– his admission he’d never taken protein shakes until he was 25, that he doesn’t care for working out, and how he didn’t appear to put in extra work, or go to the AFL, in the off-season when it was decided he’d switch to first base– may have something to do with the Jays’ quick demotion. (Well… quick outrighting– the demotion actually was a looooong time coming.)

Bluebird Banter gets weird about Alex Anthopoulos lying to the media about wanting Lind to be down in Vegas for just a short stint to sort himself out. I mean… what the hell else was he supposed to say? Especially if he was looking for someone to take the contract off his hands.

At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin suggests it’s a no-lose situation for Anthopoulos, and thinks it’s smart to have tried to pass Lind through waivers now, rather than after he spends some time in the PCL, potentially getting it together and crushing shitballers.

Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail says that if Lind has been waived, it’s news to John Farrell. What, did the manager write him into the fucking lineup at cleanup again? BAHHH-URRRNNNN!!!!

MacLeod also adds a tidbit that Travis Snider’s wrist is still hurting him, as he’s been out of the lineup in Las Vegas for a couple days, again. You get the feeling that once he’s right, it won’t be long before he’s up. Finally.

Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida’s Sun-Sentinel tweets that the Miami Marlins might have an interest in Adam Lind, with their 1B Gabby Sanchez having just been demoted, but that they won’t be particularly aggressive.

Paul Swydan of FanGraphs writes about the beginning of the end for Adam Lind, and how completely unfavourably he compares to other guys who in recent years have put up the kind of numbers that he did in his breakout/outlier 2009.

In a video at Fox Sports, Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal suggests the Jays might be players for Zack Greinke or Matt Garza, should they become available later in the summer.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
J. Bautista DH
E. Encarnacion 1B
J. Arencibia C
E. Thames LF
B. Francisco RF
C. Rasmus CF
Y. Gomes 3B

H. Alvarez RHP

New York Mets

A. Torres DH
M. Baxter LF
D. Wright 3B
L. Duda RF
D. Murphy 2B
K. Nieuwenhuis CF
I. Davis 1B
R. Cedeno SS
R. Johnson C

D. Gee RHP

 

Image via Abelimages/Getty.

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:

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Just in case you were wondering why Yan Gomes got the call-up after Adam Lind’s demotion, instead of David Cooper, Travis Snider, or anyone else, Mike Wilner provides the answer…

Originally I slapped a “WORDS FORTHCOMING!” tag underneath Wilner’s tweet here, but… what the hell is there to say, really? The move to bring up Gomes to play third for these four games makes total sense. And it gives him a chance to give John Farrell a reason to keep using him once Lawrie comes back, rather than give DH at-bats to Ben Francisco, as I suspect would be the plan.

I mean, Gomes had a great spring and has been impressive so far in Las Vegas, but the reason he stuck in so many minds this March was because he remained in the Major League camp so long, along with a few other guys the club saw as non-prospect eventual utility guys. As many commenters have astutely pointed out, he’s a useful guy to have on the bench, as he can catch– allowing John Farrell to be less conservative about pinch running for his catchers, if that’s a problem– and play at either corner infield position. He could stick around, but I suspect Ben Francisco is the first place they turn to fill their newfound DH void, even after Lawrie is back.

According to a Gregor Chisholm tweet, Francisco will DH tonight.

I suppose I could say something about Lawrie’s suspension and the dropping of the appeal here but… I kinda think we’ve exhausted that topic, yes?

 

Image of Yan Gomes by Robert Rogers/Getty.