The Red Sox have released first baseman Adam Lind after he opted out of his contract with the organization, per a club announcement (h/t Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic, on Twitter). He’ll again head onto the open market in search of another opportunity.
It came as a surprise when Lind wasn’t able to find a big-league job entering the season. After all, despite his limitations in the field and against left-handed pitching, he destroyed right-handed pitching last year. In his 238 plate appearances with the platoon advantage in 2017, Lind posted a .303/.364/.534 slash with 14 home runs.
It’s possible that some contenders will like the idea of stashing Lind’s bat for consideration as a September bench piece, while second-division clubs in need of veteran gap-fillers might consider him as well. At this point, though, Lind will surely need to show more in the upper minors before he’s able to command a big league roster spot. In 189 plate appearances thus far at Triple-A Pawtucket, he carries only a .216/.270/.398 slash with eight home runs.