According to several sources, the Toronto Blue Jays placed beleaguered first baseman Adam Lind on outright waivers just 24 hours after sending him to AAA-Las Vegas.
The Blue Jays didn’t announce the move, but according to sources he “showed up on the waiver wire Friday.”
If Lind clears, he can be removed from the 40-man roster. However, outright waivers are irrevocable; in other words, if someone claims him, the Jays must let him go, they cannot pull him off waivers and keep him on the 40-man roster.
Given that Lind will make $5-million in base salary this year and next and has a string of club options beyond 2013 that guarantee him another $3.5-million, it’s unlikely that any team will submit a claim. Unless of course White Sox GM Kenny Williams finds out he’s on the waiver wire, then he’s as good as gone.
As I said, if Lind clears waivers, the Jays can (and almost certainly will) remove him from the 40-man roster and outright him to AAA, but they could also be priming for an unconditional release. It would mean eating the remaining $10.75-millionish, but Toronto is clearly all but done with Lind at this point.
Before being sent down to AAA last week, Lind was hitting a miserable .186/.273/.314 with a 61 wRC+ in 132 plate appearances. Since his breakout 2009 season where he posted a 139 wRC+, Lind has hit just .238/.289/.420 in 1,287 plate appearances.
With the emergence of Edwin Encarnacion as a viable first base option, the signing of Vladimir Guerrero, the presence of Travis Snider, and the solid play of fringe prospects Yan Gomes and David Cooper, there simply is not place on the roster for Lind.
What’s most amazing about this story is the fact that Lind went from being the Jays cleanup hitter, to potentially never playing with the team again in a matter of days.