Blue Jays Place Adam Lind On Outright Waivers?

WEDNESDAY, 8:46pm: As of today, there are no indications that the Blue Jays placed first baseman Adam Lind on outright waivers, writes MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm

If Lind was outrighted, he would have been removed from the 40-man roster after a 48-hour period, but a second source told Chisholm that the 28-year-old was still on the club's official list.

SATURDAY, 6:00pm: The Blue Jays placed recently demoted slugger Adam Lind on outright waivers on Friday, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com (via Twitter).

If Lind is claimed, the claiming team will assume the balance of the four-year, $18MM extension he signed early in the 2010 season. That deal also includes club options for 2014-16, with corresponding buyouts. If he goes unclaimed, he will remain with Toronto but will be removed from the 40-man roster.

Lind signed his extension on the heels of a breakout 2009 in which he posted a .305/.370/.562 line with 35 homers. The 1B/OF/DH has fallen well short of that since then, however, hitting .238/.289/.420 with 52 homers in 1,287 plate appearances from 2010 till his demotion to Triple-A this week.

Outright waivers are irrevocable, meaning the Jays wouldn't be able to pull Lind back if another team were to claim him. However, an AL executive tells Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that there's "no chance he gets claimed" (Twitter link).


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100 Comments on "Blue Jays Place Adam Lind On Outright Waivers?"


BVHjays
3 years 3 months ago

So, that means they’re taking him off the 40-man, and allowing another team to claim him? Just trying to clarify.

SFrush90
3 years 3 months ago

Correct. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

they need room for big bad vlad

johnsmith4
3 years 3 months ago

Apparently, there are rumours of another deal on Monday.  Perhaps Jays need room on the 40-man to make the deal.

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

 every minor jays moves comes along with here comes the big deal rumours.

johnsmith4
3 years 3 months ago

You could be right.  Just making room for Vlad.

vilifyingforce
3 years 3 months ago

 A little premature to be making room for Vlad considering he’s barely hit the field.

Sohaib Syed
3 years 3 months ago

is it the one where anyone who claims him will have to pay for his entire salary and contract or make a deal with jays 

i doubt anyone would put a claim on him with what he is hitting right now 

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 Yeah.. Someone claims him and they gotta’ pay him, but the Jays cannot pull him back and Lind is owed a PILE of dough.. 13m counting buyouts in option years of 2014-16.

Now if his power comes back of course it would be a sweet contract, why they gave him an extension a couple years back only he has been regressing ever since he signed it.

vilifyingforce
3 years 3 months ago

 I’m not sure how the buyouts work tbh. It wouldn’t be 13 though, it’d be 13.5 or 12. I don’t think it’s a PILE of dough though. Vernon Wells is making a PILE of dough. Rios was making double what Lind is when he was waived.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 3 months ago

 Well, the man has worked wonder by suckering others into taking Wells and Rios off his hands. Maybe this time, somebody will help him erase his own mistake (the Lind extension)

3 years 3 months ago

What does this mean? Are they trying to dump his contract?

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

basically they are seeing if a team will take him off their hands, with the contract or at the very least start a conversation about a trade.

if there’s no nibbles he’ll goto vegas. 

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 Maybe I am wrong.. But isn’t outright the same as irrevocable waivers and they cannot pull him back?? a team makes a claim and he’s gone for whatever waiver fee is?

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

yup, plus his contract

Canadave87
3 years 3 months ago

He’s already in Vegas, IIRC. This is just the Jays clearing a spot on the 40-man roster.

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

 but they cant pull him back if a team is willing to take him on

Rabbitov
3 years 3 months ago

What do you think about Lind seeing him first hand? What’s his problem? Very bizarre to have a season like he did and be this abysmal ever since. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

 the league adjusted to him, found a hole in his swing and he wasnt able to adjust..

mechanically he has a pretty smooth swing, generates lots of power, his problem is with approach and the mental aspect of the game. he doesnt think alot with the pitcher or situation. he’s his own worst enemy unfortunately.

Juan
3 years 3 months ago

Would be a nice fit with the dodgers

3 years 3 months ago

I am assuming Yan Gomes hot start replacing him didn’t help Lind

3 years 3 months ago

I don’t think AA or anyone else with the organization is short-sighted enough to assume that such a tiny sample size means all that much. I doubt Gomes’s performance had anything to do with this.

3 years 3 months ago

“2 games of free-swinging?  Let’s waive Adam Lind.”  Gomes’ performance has nothing to do with this.

3 years 3 months ago

Would not surprise me at all if the Giants pursue him

Torture2010
3 years 3 months ago

Somewhere out there Sabean just went from six to noon! This guy is right up his alley.

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

Did Belt run over his dog or something?

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 “This guy is right up his alley.”

Overpaid positional player?

One bad contract Sabean couldn’t be blamed for giving out at least.

55saveslives
3 years 3 months ago

 Giants don’t need him….When Pablo comes back, Arias moves to 2nd.

jdkladsjl
3 years 3 months ago

I could see him in Oakland. 

3 years 3 months ago

Hope so.  Maybe they’ll trade Belt for Lind.

Edit- This was a reply to something above, and isn’t actually serious. Disqus.

3 years 3 months ago

Belt for Lind? Why would the Giants ever do that??

3 years 3 months ago

Yeah, that’s the joke.  Context, I guess.

3 years 3 months ago

Didn’t the Jays do this same thing a few years ago to get out from under Alex
Rios’ contract?

3 years 3 months ago

It only worked because Kenny claimed him

vilifyingforce
3 years 3 months ago

 It only takes one GM.

johnsmith4
3 years 3 months ago

I guess we can rule out Angels and White Sox putting a claim on Lind.

Bob9988
3 years 3 months ago

Seattle might take a shot.  I’m not sure there is necessarily room to play him, but money is not a problem for the M’s.  $5mill wont destroy their budget.  Possible that they try to trade at a lower salary if he makes it through.

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

Smoak, Montero.. why would they want lind

Bob9988
3 years 3 months ago

I know, that’s why I said I’m not sure they can play him.  But he can play left, and God knows that team needs as much talent as they can get.

3 years 3 months ago

However, an AL executive tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that there’s “no chance he gets claimed”
Oh I dunno, Balance of 5 million for this year.
5 Million for the next (2013)
Then a 2 million dollar buyout after the ’13 season.
Lets call it 10 million just to be fair.

If he can find his hitting stroke again, it’s a steal.
Look at Prince Fielder. Albert Pujols. Carl Crawford. Vernon Wells. Jason Bay.
Now I guess, if he doesn’t find his stroke a GM could look silly, but compared to other awful contracts, Lind doesn’t look all that bad. Heck the Orioles paid Vlad 8 Million for 2011, 5 upfront, 3 deferred.

Does anyone know what’s wrong with him? He always killed the O’s, just like Nick Swisher does. If it were me, I am kinda tempted to take a flyer here.
Hey, if Jim Presley wanted to take on Mark Reynolds, why not Lind.

swing1
3 years 3 months ago

He’s off this season, I mean REALLY off. Injuries have hampered him and he has become a liability at first base with errors galore. He provided offensive production though which seems to have left him. If he does find his stroke again, you’re looking at a 25 HR 80+ RBI kind of guy. He has the power but doesn’t seem to be connecting with the ball anymore. If you watch him bat this year, he simply looks lazy and not into it at all. He strikes out everyday twice consistently. What could have been for Adam Lind if injuries didn’t hamper him in his career. If I was a GM I’d be taking a significant risk on a guy like this. You better hope he come backs or you just tossed a couple million on a subpar defender and a subpar offensive player. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

 none of this is true.

swing1
3 years 3 months ago

How is it not? 

Jaysfan724
3 years 3 months ago

Yeah, Lind is definitely a 25 HR 80 RBI ballpark range player at his potential.  I don’t think he will ever be a .300 hitter like he was in 09 but I think even in 2010 and 2011, I still would take Lind’s offensive production, especially at his price…even despite the very bad OBP.

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

he’s not lazy, he hasn’t battled injuries, he’s not a defensive liability, 

swing1
3 years 3 months ago

You’re telling me his plate approach is the same as it was in 09 or even 10 and 11? Watch his plate demeanor, tell me it isn’t different. He’s swinging at pitches that flying in the dirt even. If you follow metrics then look at his WAR, it’s practically negative this season and 2010 and near negative in 2011. He’s a wreck right now. He’s had lower back issues all of last year and the year before. It’s obviously been hampering him greatly. 

DukesRocks
3 years 3 months ago

Agreed none of this is true or mostly exaggerated.  Errors galore? He only has 4 errors (mostly due to pressure of not producing) and I’ve seen him make some outstanding plays on the field.  He hit 26 HRs last year.  Granted he is in a funk and does look lazy.  Maybe he should comb his hair.

RetroRob
3 years 3 months ago

Why would any team take a $10 million gamble?  The reason the Blue Jays put him on outright, irrevocable waivers is because they are 100% sure he’s done. They’re hoping some team will give them anything, anything at all for him before he hits free agency.  By putting him on outright waivers teams know they can’t pull him back so they’re hoping for any offer more than the roughly 500K MLB minimum wage.  750K?  He’s yours!

3 years 3 months ago

If he makes it thru waivers he can go to any team he wants. Not sure if he picks the O’s if he clears. Also, I see Carlos Lee heating up in Houston. He’s swinging a big stick and playing good D.
 
He will be paid almost 20 million this year.
Lind will make roughly 10 million from now till 2013 season end.
Lind is younger and has put up similiar numbers as Lee over the past few seasons.
 
If you’re a GM do you gamble by picking up Lind now and pay the 10 mill or do you trade with the Astors and give up a prospect or two and pay the mans salary. It’s an interesting wager. In this comparison, I pick up Lind.

Shawn Baublitz
3 years 3 months ago

Seriously. If someone claims Lind they are just doing Toronto ANOTHER favor. They already somehow got out of both Rios and Wells horrible contracts.

Gobias Bluth
3 years 3 months ago

Compared to Wells and Rios’ contracts, Lind’s is not horrible by any means. Some team will claim him.

Bob9988
3 years 3 months ago

 I still don’t know how that was possible.  When both of those came down my jaw dropped.

OaklandFan22
3 years 3 months ago

Sign him A’s!

3 years 3 months ago

i agree he would put up better numbers then the other 2 guys

Sniderlover
3 years 3 months ago

Would be great if someone claimed him. Jays would get rid of salary and I don’t see the need for Lind at this point. He is just not a major league caliber hitter anymore… it’s possible he might find his stroke again but it’s unlikely. He hasn’t been good for most of his major league career except for one season which seems like a fluke at this point. He is also replaceable with Cooper or Snider (EE 1st/Thames DH/Snider LF) or Gomes.

Unlikely someone is crazy enough to actually take him but I hope somebody out there is.

bigmike04
3 years 3 months ago

well Lind for Figgins would be good deal

johnsmith4
3 years 3 months ago

What???

vilifyingforce
3 years 3 months ago

…for the Mariners. Jays wouldn’t touch that deal unless they were getting a lot of money in return.

bigmike04
3 years 3 months ago

one bad contract to another…

Jaysfan724
3 years 3 months ago

Yeah his contract is really pressing the luxury tax…..so expensive.

Robb Logan
3 years 3 months ago

Going to toss a few possibles out to discuss. Reds, they need a lefty bat (especially on the bench) and he can play LF and spell Votto at 1b. Pirates but not via waiver claim. They would wait and possibly attempt a trade. Braves who keep talking OF bats. Dodgers due to Abreu no longer being an everyday guy, Loney still not hitting and they have the $$$$ now, could be a small splash for them if he can regain his form. Last team I see him fit for is Seattle because he can play LF as mentioned before and again a big IF, if he regains his form offers power which the Mariners lack.

Bob9988
3 years 3 months ago

 Actually, Seattle does have a fair amount of power.  They just don’t have consistent power.  Lind has proven (albeit once) that he has consistent power.

Kyle Tomko
3 years 3 months ago

He wouldnt be a good fit for Seattle…His homeruns wouldnt clear our fences sadly lol

Tony Matias
3 years 3 months ago

 Don’t believe Seattle would even consider this at this point in the season. They’re 9th in HR’s as it is and Carp, Wells, and Liddi are all more than capable at LF.

3 years 3 months ago

Geez, does anyone remember two-three years ago when looking at Adam Lind’s and  Aaron Hill’s contract and thinking they were absolute bargains. It is crazy how fast things change.

I still think taking a flyer on Lind and his option friendly contract is worth the risk for some teams, even though he appears to be an expensive platoon player. I figured the demotion was to get Lind’s attention, apparently not.

baseball52
3 years 3 months ago

I wouldn’t touch Lind with a ten foot pole. That 2009 season was a fluke.