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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

 

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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.

Are you kidding me? Adam Lind goes down, utility guy Yan Gomes is on his way to the Show.

What more is there to say about Adam Lind’s struggles? The Blue Jays tried nothing and they’re now all out of ideas, man. A move to the bottom of the order which results in a two hit day moved Lind back to the cleanup spot but he simply has not hit. For two years.

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The fuck? Shi Davidi informs us of the frustrating news…

I mean, at least there’s something resembling logic behind the decision– Lind has OPS’d 1.460 in 32 career plate appearances against Niemann, with three homers, a pair of doubles and a triple. But… is it really too much to ask John Farrell to recognize that batter-versus-pitcher splits inherently look at far too small a sample of data to be useful?

And really? He took some good swings this weekend, so let’s instantly forget about the 1279 plate appearances over the last two-plus seasons in which he’s accumulated a .238/.289/.422/.711 line? Seriously???

It’s not the worst thing in the world– shit, maybe it’ll even work– and I’m heartened by the fact that I know Farrell is at least willing to bust him back down to eighth at some point, and that the club saw a Lind-related need to hand some money to Vlad Guerrero, but… again… seriously, how much rope?

And, I don’t know, if you’re going to believe in bullshit empty traditionalist modes of lineup construction, why one-on-one splits and not the fact that Bautista has started looking a lot better now that he doesn’t have Lind’s “protection”? Huh? Huh?

Other tidbits from Davidi: Dustin McGowan started playing light catch today, which was earlier than usual, and totally worth $3-million, while Sergio Santos threw from 90 feet on flat ground today– he “must progress to 120-150 feet before getting back on the mound.”

Today’s Jays lineup in full…

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

 

Image by Ezra Shaw/Getty.

Casey Janssen pitched a clean ninth– the first time the Jays have received one in a save situation all season– as Brandon Morrow dropped the ground ball act, and three maligned hitters powered the Jays over the A’s to salvage a spit in their mini-series, and a split of their west coast swing, that tonight takes them back to the interior of the continent, as they visit Minnesota.

It’s a pretty fucking rosy, borderline disingenuous thing to say, but before the road trip began– and before the first two spectacular games against against the Angels, and a close loss in the third– I’m pretty sure we’d have taken a .500 record heading into Minnesota. So, as long as we can keep out of our heads how the three losses went down– especially the first one in Oakland– and how the filth being tossed by Morrow and Alvarez in Anaheim made it seem like the Jays had a real shot at having an actual winning trip out west for once, it really hasn’t gone so badly.

Better– and perhaps more ingenuous– still is how, while he’s hardly perfect, the Jays have a manager who is at least eventually able to come around to the side of common goddamn sense when it comes to some of the screamingly obvious problems with the way he’s been running the club. And, let’s be honest, if he reacted as hastily as fans they’re entitled to have him do, there’d be a new closer after every blow save, and massive changes in the lineup every week. So I get that Farrell has to walk the fine line between showing faith in his players, not creating an atmosphere where everybody is looking over their shoulder after every bad day, and doing right by the rest of the team by getting shitbags out of positions where they’re costing games and runs.

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