Adam Lind Optioned To Las Vegas

According to the team’s official Twitter feed, the Toronto Blue Jays have optioned first baseman Adam Lind to Las Vegas and selected the contract of Yan Gomes. That the Blue Jays would consider demoting Lind isn’t nearly as surprising as the fact that he had options remaining.

In most people’s minds, Adam Lind is thought of as a good player who had a very bad season, which was followed by another very bad season. However, it’s just as likely that Adam Lind is a very bad player who had one good season and then returned to his true talent level. I would say that the most accurate two sentence long summary analysis of Lind would go something like this:

Lind is a good baseball player with a couple of glaring holes, most notably against left handed pitching and breaking balls. He simply hasn’t adjusted from those holes being figured out by the opposition.

How badly have things turned out since opponents started giving him fewer fastballs to hit?

Well, not to kick a guy while he’s down (on the farm), but here’s a smattering of admittedly cherry picked statistics:

  • Since 2009, so including his fantastic season, Lind has been worth 22.8 batting runs above average. Over that same time, his teammate Edwin Encarnacion has been worth 26.0.
  • Last year, out of all regular first basemen, only Aubrey Huff and Mitch Moreland provided their teams with less offensive production than Lind.
  • In 2010, Lind, as a designated hitter, provided the least offensive production of any player at that position. The next closest DH had nine runs above average more than Lind.
  • By contrast, in 2010, Luke Scott provided almost 3 entire WAR in offense alone over Lind.
  • Lind ranked dead last among regular first basemen in most offensive categories vs. LHP last season. That’s not really a surprise, but even vs. RHP, Lind ranked 20th in wOBA.
  • And here’s the real kicker: Since his good season in 2009, Lind has provided less offensive contribution than Lyle Overbay … with the former Blue Jays first baseman providing more than 10 runs above average in production over Lind.

This is a list of first basemen ranked by runs above average since 2010:

Ugh. In other words, by offense alone, Joey Votto has been worth more than ten wins above replacement over Adam Lind over the last two years and a bit.

Not to be forgotten in the transaction analysis is the promotion of Yan Gomes. Gomes, who was positively raking at Triple A, could become the first Brazilian born player to make an appearance at the Major League level, is primarily a catcher, who can play first or third base. However, it’s expected that Encarnacion will play first base in Lind’s absence.

It appears that we may be nearing the end of the rope that has been extended to Lind. Interestingly enough, that end came when Lind was 40 something days away from racking up enough service time to be able to refuse an optional assignment to the Minor Leagues.

In not unrelated news, Brett Lawrie has dropped his appeal of the four game suspension that was handed down yesterday.

Comments (26)

  1. Sweet mother of god.

  2. Oh yes, this will rouse some rabbling

  3. WOW HOLYSHIT WOW OMG!

  4. Fuck, I didn’t even realize they could still option him.

  5. batten down the hatches!!! There be a storm a comin’!

  6. I wonder if they’re listening to fans or just finally noticed that he’s been absolute crap for 6 weeks?

  7. Ok, calmer now. I guess Yan Gomes has been kicking all sorts of ass down in Vegas, so it’ll be interesting to see what he does. Will he make it to Toronto in time for tonight’s game or will we get Ben F. at DH?

  8. Awesome….about time something is being done.

  9. Hmm. Gomes can also play third. Just in case someone at that position needs a few games off.

    I bet Lawrie drops the appeal tomorrow morning.

  10. Gomes is primarily a catcher. Is there another shoe to drop here? EE to first I guess. Are we calling him E3 now? Gomes is instantly the new DH? JP at DH and Mathis full time behind the plate? How’s Lunchbox feel about this? Cooper might as well just quit baseball. A catcher comes up and it’s not D’Arnaud? WTF! I need more please.

    • Edwin’s been fine at first, but Gomes can play it too. Gomes will probably play first in the long term, and maybe he will play third while Lawrie serves his suspension. JP will still catch. They’re keeping Snider in AAA for a long time this year. Cooper is not a long term solution for the Jays, Gomes can play C/1B/3B so he’s a better option right now. D’Arnaud is not ready. There you go.

  11. @Linz. Many reporters on twitter are calling Gomes “1B/3B”.

    • Thanks Nick & JRock. Listed as a 1B/3B but a catcher by trade but I agree that this versatility is indeed favourable. Still I thought we might see Sierra/Snider/Cooper/D’Arnuad before Gomes. You must admit that Jan Gomes is a bit of a surprise and might be just the first piece of a more complex puzzle. Any other opinions?

  12. “In most people’s minds”

    I don’t think that’s even remotely close to true.

  13. I am 99% sure Gomes got the call because they don’t intend to play him everyday. Wouldn’t want one of their top prospects riding the bench, they need their consistent AB’s. Seeing as Lawrie dropped his appeal we may see more of him the next 3-4 games but I expect after that he becomes a bench player.

  14. please don’t use Luke Scott as a point of comparison for anything, especially considering your article the other day regarding shameful dealings with Delmon Young.

  15. I can’t believe that the JAYS management finally woke up and realized that ADAM LIND is a horrible ball player.They should’ve sent him to “A” ball not “AAA”. They are starting to know that his career in baseball isdone.He should take up plumbing because his baseball career is gone down the toilet,, FLUSH AWAY

  16. just what Vegas needs, another AAAA player

  17. He’ll destroy AAA pitching and be back to suck with us again before too long.

  18. rasmus should also be on the farm imo

  19. Farrell should be demoted for batting him cleanup

  20. I wish they would send Parkes to AAA to cover the PCL where he belongs.

  21. Is it just me or does Parkes look like Adam Lind’s younger brother?

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