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Adam Lind to Mariners: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

After being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers before the 2015 season, the Brewers announced they have traded slugger Adam Lind to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospects Daniel Missaki, Carlos Herrera and Freddy Peralta on Wednesday.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was the first to report the deal. 

The 32-year-old is fresh off a resurgent season that saw him hit .277 with 20 home runs and 87 RBI with the Brewers in 149 games. It was a major bounce back for a player who hit just six homers and 40 RBI in 96 games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014, and the Brewers named him the team’s top newcomer in their postseason awards.

While Lind isn’t the player who hit .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI in 2009 with Toronto—he’s never hit over 30 home runs or 100 RBI since—he’s a solid veteran presence at first base who hits for a decent average and will knock in runs.

He also came at less of a cost than many of the other sluggers on the market, so the Mariners were able to improve without selling the proverbial farm to do so. Lind is hardly a transformative talent, but he’s the sort of solid option in the middle of a lineup that every contending team needs.

And the Mariners could certainly use more pop in the lineup to complement Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, making the trade for Lind a solid one for the team.


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Adam Lind Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Brewers 1B’s Future

Coming off a 94-loss season and needing to build their team from the bottom up, the Milwaukee Brewers could make Adam Lind available to teams in need of an offensive upgrade at first base or designated hitter. 

Continue for updates. 

Heavy Interest in Lind

Friday, Nov. 20

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, citing a source, there is “lots of activity” on Lind right now with American League teams showing interest as a possible DH. 

Lind is coming off back-to-back solid seasons with Toronto in 2014 and Milwaukee in 2015, posting a .293/.367/.467 slash line with 26 home runs in 245 games. The 32-year-old is entering the final year of his contract, making a reasonable $8 million salary, per Spotrac

The main concern with Lind is he’s best used in a platoon situation. He’s been terrific against right-handers, both last year and throughout his career, but struggles mightily against southpaws. 

The Brewers have every incentive to trade Lind at this point. He’s still a productive player who can net a decent return given his limited skill set, and the front office has already thrown up the “For Sale” sign after dealing Francisco Rodriguez to Detroit earlier in the week. 

Given Lind’s contract and the number of teams looking for offense this winter, the Brewers have a strong secondary trade option who will appeal to every team because his salary is so low and any interested team only has to pay him for one more year. 

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MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Jonathan Lucroy, Starlin Castro, Clay Buchholz

Free agency is hogging most MLB headlines with players eligible to sign with teams as early as Friday, but there is still plenty of buzz on potential trades that could contribute to the personnel shifts among the baseball landscape.

Here is a glance at the latest names rumored on the trade market in the young offseason.

Brewers Eyeing Rebuild Through Trades

The Milwaukee Brewers finished 26 games under .500 a year removed from a September meltdown that cost them the National League Central after leading the division for 159 days.

They are reportedly in a rebuild mode and have been linked to trade talks surrounding first baseman Adam Lind, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Francisco Rodriguez, per Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine:

Lucroy is a career .282/.340/.430 hitter and is considered one of the best defensive backstops in the game with a .992 fielding percentage in six seasons. He spent time on the disabled list with a fractured toe in 2015 but has played an average of 118.3 games per year and was fourth in the NL MVP voting in 2014.

Despite speculation, general manager David Sterns indicated last week Lucroy should be back next year, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Rodriguez tied for seventh in the majors with 38 saves in 2015 despite the Brewers’ overall struggles. His velocity has steadily decreased from 94.4 miles per hour to 89.7 between 2007 and 2015, per FanGraphs, but he proved he’s still a threat in critical situations with only seven blown saves in parts of three seasons with Milwaukee. 

He’s scheduled to make $11.5 million the next two seasons, per Spotrac, for a team that had the 10th lowest payroll. If the Brewers aren’t winning many games, it may not be practical to keep that kind of financial commitment. 

On Adam Lind, the Brewers exercised the one-year, $8 million option on the first baseman Tuesday, though the team’s RBI leader could be a trade chip, as Olney noted. The Brewers tried moving Lind near the trade deadline last year, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, though talks eventually fell through with the St. Louis Cardinals.

General manager David Stearns hinted the team will be much younger in the coming years, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, though how it does so remains to be seen:

I think we recognize that we’re going to have a young roster, whether that’s this year, next year, the year after. We’re going to have a young group of core players for the foreseeable future, and we want to make sure that we surrounded them with members of a staff who are used to and comfortable with working with younger players.

Baseball America ranked the Brewers farm system 19th, which could prompt Stearns to deal a few veterans to free up cash and build a younger foundation to compete in the rugged NL Central, which featured three playoff teams in 2015.


Cubs Shopping Starlin Castro

With a crowded infield full of young and productive talent, the Chicago Cubs‘ Starlin Castro has been linked to trade talks as far back as the 2014 deadline.

A deal never manifested this past year due to Castro’s midseason struggles—he was benched for rookie Addison Russell at shortstop in early August, then became the team’s starting second baseman a week later and through the postseason. But given Castro’s strong finish to the regular season, the NLCS bridesmaids are reportedly shopping the infielder again, per Julie DiCaro of 670 The Score:


Castro hit .353/.373/.588 with six home runs, 23 RBI and just 18 strikeouts after his benching, and the Cubs went 30-17 in that span. His upward trend to finish the season should make him more marketable this offseason. 

Castro is also just 25, a three-time All-Star and has played in at least 150 games in four of the past five seasons. He’d be a valuable asset to most. 

The Cubs can fill Castro’s void with Javier Baez at second and could lean on Tommy La Stella as a backup utility infielder.  

Baez was also rumored in talks—with the San Diego Padres in July, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports—but he wouldn’t return as much as Castro and is locked up through 2020 at a convenient price, per Rotoworld

A realistic way Castro stays is if the Cubs are unable to re-sign outfielder Dexter Fowler, who became a free agent this week. Chicago could then move the versatile Baez to the outfield and keep Castro at second. But Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com noted that’s unlikely:

Fowler had a big second half, getting on-base about 39 percent of the time, leading to speculation he’ll get a long-term contract after earning $9.5 million last season. The Cubs have stated their offseason goals are to land more pitching, which might not leave room in the budget for Fowler’s return.

The Cubs are the early favorites to win it all in 2016, per Odds Shark, and they may start their hopeful run by dealing Castro to bulk up their roster in more needing areas.


Clay Buchholz Could Be Red Sox Trade Bait

The Boston Red Sox this week picked up the $13 million option on starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, but like the Brewers’ Lind, the move may have been executed to trade the veteran right-hander, per Ian Browne of MLB.com:

Buchholz would be a costly add given his limited return potential. He’s never made 30 starts or reached 200 innings in his nine-year career and has exceeded a 4.50 ERA in two of the last four seasons. 

But Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote some teams have already expressed interest in Buchholz behind closed doors:

Buchholz’s name is already rolling off the lips of some mid- to small-market teams who believe they could trade for him if the Red Sox have bigger fish to fry in pursuit of a true ace who can stay healthy.

The Red Sox are reportedly in the market to add an ace via trade or free agency this offseason, per Ricky Doyle of NESN.com, which could slide Buchholz to the back of the rotation and shadow what could be more limited contributions. 

Buchholz went 7-7 in 18 starts last year with a 3.26 ERA, 1.209 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 before being placed on the 15-, then 60-day disabled list in July, which he never returned from. 

One AL GM told Cafardo that when healthy, Buchholz is “as good as anyone out there.”

New president Dave Dombrowski will be as busy as any executive this offseason, and Buchholz may be a chip used to rid a sizable bill from the payroll while yielding a few younger players to build around. 

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Toronto Blue Jays Trade Adam Lind to Milwaukee Brewers for Pitcher Marco Estrada

The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly traded longtime first baseman/designated hitter Adam Lind to the Milwaukee Brewers. In exchange, the Jays are set to receive starting pitcher Marco Estrada.

As per Andrew Walker at Sportsnet 590 The Fan:

MLB Insider Chris Cotillo confirmed the deal, tweeting:

The Blue Jays seemingly set up this deal when the team exercised its $7.5 million contract option with Lind for next season. Earlier in the week, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star noted that Adam Lind was likely on his way out of Toronto after the waiver-wire acquisition of Justin Smoak from the Seattle Mariners

Lind had a solid season as a platoon specialist for the Blue Jays, finishing the year with a .321 batting average, six home runs and 40 runs batted in. He took on a role as a righty-masher, with 281 of his 318 plate appearances coming against right-handed pitchers.

In Estrada, the Blue Jays receive a right-handed pitcher who has been a valuable arm in the starting rotation for the Brewers. The 31-year-old pitched 150 innings last season, posting a 4.88 FIP, a 2.89 K/BB ratio, a 1.20 WHIP and a .235 batting average against.

Estrada did allow 1.73 homers per nine innings last season, which could prove to be a troubling statistic in the homer-friendly Rogers Centre. Nonetheless, this veteran arm with starting experience adds depth to a Blue Jays rotation that relied heavily on aging arms like Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey last season.


All stats via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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5 Benefits Vladimir Guerrero Could Provide the Blue Jays in a Pennant Race

The signing of Vladimir Guerrero comes as a low-risk/high-reward move for the Toronto Blue Jays.  He was signed to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million, which will be prorated based on his time with the club this season. 

At 37 years of age, it remains to be seen how much Vladdy has to offer.

He is probably Hall of Fame bound as he is a career .318 hitter with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBI. 

Adam Lind will likely be most affected if Guerrero can play his way onto the Blue Jays’ roster.  As of May 15, he is batting just .184 with three homers and 11 RBI in 31 games.

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Toronto Blue Jays and Prince Fielder: Avoiding a Costly Mistake

As my last article was essentially an extended harangue against Rogers Communications’ parsimony as owner of the Jays, as evinced by the Yu Darvish debacle, it may seem strange that I believe that they should keep the chequebook in the drawer when it comes to first baseman Prince Fielder—as if Rogers needs convincing not to spend.

The fact is, for all his prodigious offensive ability, Prince Fielder makes absolutely zero sense for the Jays.

No one can deny that Fielder has been a phenomenal contributor with the stick. In his first six seasons in the league, he has compiled a 50-plus HR season, a 40-plus HR season, finished in the top five in NL MVP voting three times and maintained a sparkling career OPS of .929. He has been a mortal lock to hit 30 HR, drive in 100 RBI and do hell of a lot of walking every season.

Fielder batting behind Jose Bautista would instantly give the Jays the most potent 3-4 duo in the MLB.

Signing him still doesn’t make any sense.

The reality is that Fielder will get a massive contract. The massiveness of that contract is still unclear, as he may have to lower his length demands to the six- or seven-year range from the eight to 10 years that he has been reported to be seeking, but he will almost certainly be in the $24-26 million range. That is $150 million at a minimum.

Frankly, he likely won’t be worth it to any team, let alone the Jays.

Prince Fielder is a DH. He is not a guy who will have to move over to DH in a few years as he gets older and slows down; he is a DH right now. 

Consider this: In his first season fielding first base in the majors, incumbent Adam Lind, with a total zone rating of plus-three, was worth 10 defensive runs less than Prince Fielder, who possessed a Rtot of minus-seven last season. 2011 was one of Fielder’s better defensive seasons.

Adam Lind, when healthy, has also been a lock for 30 HR and 100 RBI, albeit with markedly fewer walks.

Adam Lind is under team control for five more seasons, if all team options are exercised, at a total of $32.5M. 

Let’s just ruminate on that for a minute. Lind at $32.5M for five—Fielder for one season at $25M. Fielder is, all in all, a superior player to Lind. He has been remarkably consistent in both health and production, whereas Lind has not been consistent on either front.

But the question boils down to this: Is the production that Fielder provides worth $120M (minimum) more than the production of Adam Lind? 

Moreover, given that the Toronto Blue Jays possess one of the league’s better offenses and most miserly owners, is that $120M the best use of the finite amount of money that Rogers might be willing to provide the team? How does it address the Jays’ rotation woes? If Fielder is signed and Lind is traded for pitching, does Lind get a Matt Garza in return? Likely not.

The call for the Blue Jays to sign Fielder is based on a wistfulness for having the league’s best middle of the order. It would be fun to watch. It does not, however, reflect the reality of the Blue Jays’ needs—to improve one of the worst AL pitching staffs. The glaring holes in the rotation must be addressed; Prince Fielder is the solution to another team’s problem.

A $25M DH masquerading as a position player will not get Toronto into the playoffs

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Toronto Blue Jays Win Big Playing Small Ball in Home Opener

The Blue Jays home opener started big with Jose Bautista receiving his silver slugger award from last season. Then, the pre-game activities were even bigger as Roberto Alomar and Pat Gilleck were on hand to see their Hall of Fame banners unveiled in the rafters before they teamed up to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the season.

To make things even better, the night ended very big for the Jays as well, as they pulled off a 13-3 shellacking of the Minnesota Twins in front of their home fans. They were carried by some solid pitching from Ricky Romero as he picked up the win in 6.1 innings pitched, allowing only three runs and striking out seven.

However, if you rewind back to the first inning it becomes quite clear that the Jays won this game because they did the little things well, right from the beginning. 

All it took was one game, actually, one inning, for this year’s Blue Jays team to convince me that they will have a far more versatile offense this season. The spark tonight came in the first inning as the Jays put up four runs, off two hits and some smart heads up base running highlighted by a beautiful double steal and a sneaky play by Adam Lind.

I know it’s really early to be saying things like “if the Jays continue like this then…” or “if the Jays keep this up….”  But, I’m going to do it anyway.

The duo of Rajai Davis and Yunel Escobar went a combined two for nine, but they more than made up for it with some great base running in the first inning that really got things going for the Jays. 

First, Rajai Davis showed some hustle as he ran out a very hard hit grounder to Twins shortstop Alexi Casella for a base hit. Once on base, he got caught in a round down but skilfully managed to maneuver his way out of trouble and stay safe at first. This was crucial for the big four-run outburst the Jays had in the first inning. 

The next batter, Yunel Escobar, singled, and then the duo came up with a masterful double steal getting themselves both into scoring position for none other than the reigning Home Run king and Silver Slugger award winner Jose Bautista. 

Bautista would not put one over the fence just yet, and he ended up being walked by Carl Pavano (coming off a fourth ball, which in my opinion, was way too far up and inside. Especially considering the fact that everyone knew he would pitch around Jose with first base open). 

Following the near “sweet chin music” on Bautista, Carl Pavano walked in the Jays first run of the season when he hit Adam Lind with a pitch. 

Fortunately, Adam Lind got some revenge on the next play via some additional crafty Blue Jays base running.  Lind sneakily advanced to second on an Aaron Hill sac fly to center field that scored Yunel Escobar and put the Jays up by two. In doing so, Lind proved that Rajai Davis and Yunel Escobar are not the only ones capable of turning some heads on the base paths.

The team’s solid base running in the first inning tells me that all the Jays are buying into the new small-ball game plan for this season. In addition, it is clear that they are all on the same page, just look at the way Jose Bautista (on 3B at the time) was communicating with Lind, who had just advanced to second. 

Therefore, fellow Jays fans, we are certainly in store for quite the show on the base paths this season. So sit back and enjoy it, because judging by the four home runs the Jays also managed to hit tonight it seems like they will be a legit double threat this season on offense.

As a result, they will be able to put up more than enough run support to keep the young Toronto pitching staff relaxed and comfortable, which means they will be able to go out there and just pitch like they know they can, with little to no pressure!

Great home opener win, let’s go Jays!


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MLB 2011 Fantasy Baseball: Value RBI Options

When the top RBI guys are off the board, there are still value picks that can help you in that category.

Average Draft Positions are from Mock Draft Central.


Kurt Suzuki, Oakland A’s: Suzuki had 71 RBI last year and 88 in 2009. Both years he had the fourth RBI among catchers.

With an ADP of 171, there are ten catchers that are (on average) going before him in fantasy drafts.

Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals: Molina had the eighth most RBI (62) last year. He was 11th in 2009 (54) and 12th in 2008 (56).

He’s not going to win the RBI category for you, but he should be a nice value with his 189 ADP.


First Base

Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals: LaRoche had the 10th most RBI (100) among first basemen last year. He has averaged 89.2 RBI over the past five years.

Despite his consistent solid performances, he has an ADP of 178, which is 15th among first basement.

Carlos Pena, Chicago Cubs: Pena had 84 RBI last year and has averaged 101.8 the past four years.

He has an ADP of 181, which makes him a pretty strong value.

Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins: Sanchez is a boring pick, but he did manage 85 RBI last year. He has an ADP of 187, so he’s worth a look.

Ike Davis, New York Mets: Davis had 71 RBI in 147 games last year and should only get stronger.

He’ll turn 24 later this month and he has a ton of upside. Davis has an ADP of 201.

Derrek Lee, Baltimore Orioles: Lee had just 80 RBI last year, but has averaged 90.8 the past four years.

His ADP of 228 is a great value.


Second Base

Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays: Hill had 68 RBI last year, despite a .196 BABIP. With 108 RBI in 2009, he is definitely worth a look, especially with an ADP of 160.

Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers: Uribe had 85 RBI last year, which ranked third among second basemen.

He likely loses some value with his move to the Dodgers, but makes up for it with multiple position eligibility. He’s worth a look with his 240 ADP.


Third Base

Ty Wiggington, Colorado Rockies: He’ll play a little bit of this and a little bit of that. He had 76 RBI last year, and his move to Colorado should be a favorable one.

Wiggington’s ADP is 215. Jose Lopez (ADP 199) should also get some work. Both should have value right away, as Ian Stewart will likely start the year on the shelf.

Kevin Kouzmanoff, Oakland A’s: Kouzmanoff had 71 RBI last year and has averaged 79.3 the past four years.

He has an ADP of 363, which means he’ll likely go undrafted in your league.



Alex Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves: Gonzalez won’t match the 88 RBI he had last year, but he should be a nice source for his position. His ADP is 147.

Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers: Peralta isn’t a sexy pick, but he’s averaged 84.3 RBI the past three years and 78.5 the past six.

Not a bad option at shortstop, especially considering he also has third base eligibility and an ADP of 251.



Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles: Jones had 69 RBI last year and 70 the year before, but the Orioles have made improvements to their lineup.

He’ll turn 26 in August, so this could be the year he fulfills his promise. His ADP of 180 puts him at a nice value.

Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox: Quentin had 87 RBI last year. He always seems to be an injury risk, but his ADP of 193 makes him a good gamble later in your draft.

Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins: Cuddy could be easy to overlook as the Twins seem to move him all around the field. Still, he remains productive.

He’s averaged  87.5 RBI the past two years and has first base eligibility. Cuddy has an ADP of 224.

Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies: I have no idea how he has anything left in the tank, but Ibanez had 83 RBI last year and has averaged 100.5 RBI over the past six years.

He’s worth a look with an ADP of 198.

Travis Snider, Toronto Blue Jays: You’d be drafting on potential if you chose Snider, but with an ADP of 247, there isn’t much risk involved.


Designated Hitter

Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays: He could possibly have first base or outfield eligibility, but with 186 RBI over the past two years, he’s a solid utility option. His ADP is 166.

David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox: He is slow out of the gate, but Big Papi has averaged 96.7 RBI the past three years.

Not bad for someone with an ADP of 173.

Hideki Matsui, Oakland A’s: Matsui left the Bronx, but still managed 84 RBI with the Angels.

I doubt he’ll be as productive, but he’s worth a look with an ADP of 261.

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AL East Positional Analysis and Ranking: First Base

Over the next two weeks, I’ll examine the relative strengths and weaknesses of the teams in the AL East, on a position-by-position basis.

The players at each position will be ranked in relation to their peers within the division, with each team being assigned points based on where their player ranks in comparison to the other players.

Today, the series continues with a look at the first basemen.

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Toronto Blue Jays Predictions: 10 Reasons They Can Make the Playoffs This Year

The Toronto Blue Jays have been going in the right direction ever since Alex Anthopolous took over as General Manager.  Alex Anthopolous has put great emphasis on developing young talent and has invested time and money into ensuring that the future is bright.  At the same time, AA has managed to put a fantastic product on the field that has remained competitive even in the toughest division in baseball.  

The Toronto Blue Jays have had a phenomenal offseason as they have made a ton of wonderful signings and acquisitions that have significantly improved the team.  Players like Rajai Davis and Octavio Dotel come to mind.  

The Blue Jays have a very bright future and the present isn’t too bleak either.  The Jays have a good team and have strong and talented youth ready to make the Jays a contender for years to come. 

In my mind, I believe the Jays can make the playoffs this year.  The following is ten reasons why I believe that to be true.

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