Sep 15, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind (26) connects to hit a home run in the second inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Toronto Blue Jays Reviews: Adam Lind


Name:  Adam Lind

Position: First Base/DH

Year G PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 143 521 465 67 134 23 67 51 103 .288 .357 .497 .854 132
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Generated 10/3/2013.

2013 Expectations:

Adam Lind came into the 2013 season with a lot question marks surrounding what his contribution to the team would be. Lind has had a rather enigmatic history with the club starting with his breakout Silver Slugger performance in 2009, the three seasons that followed that contained brief flashes of that player but Lind was exposed against left handed pitching and constantly seemed to struggle with his position, DH let him dwell on failure too much, first base made his back hurt ect. Most times Lind found success it would be derailed by a back injury but it was hoped he could be the left handed half of a platoon with someone such as Rajai Davis as the season opened.

2013 Reality
Adam Lind put up a solid campaign for the Jays. Lind displayed his usual streakiness and cat like good looks but at the same time put up better than expected numbers. As expected Lind gave right handed pitching the Whitney Houston treatment but had some surprisingly successful streaks against lefties too. Although there were times that Lind looked completely lost at the plate especially against lefties overall he came through for the club more than most, myself included, would have expected before the season started. As had been the case in seasons past just when Lind seemed to be firing on all cylinders he was sidelined with back issues, but luckily this year avoided hitting the disabled list. Lind’s .854 OPS while not quite as impressive as the .932 he put up in 2009 it was over a 100 points higher than any of his last three seasons. Although at seasons end his average against left handed pitching was a meager .208 his performance against lefties is still better than J.P. Arencibia‘s performance against anybody. Overall Lind did everything needed to convince the Jays to pick up his team option for 2014 providing excellent production and beard growing skills from a roster spot the team was extremely uncertain about at the start of the season.

2014 Outlook
Lind is still not guaranteed to be with the club for 2014… but when you take into account that with his $2 million buyout the team would only be saving five million and still need to find a replacement for him… let’s just say all signs point to yes when it comes to Lind remaining with the Jays.puddy-8ball While Lind’s failings against left handed pitching and lack of positional flexibility makes carrying Lind slightly annoying when it comes to roster construction his near elite performance at the plate against right handed pitching is more than worth whatever difficulties it causes when filling out the teams bench players. Even with poor performance against lefties having Lind in the lineup helps from a strategic purpose allowing the Jays to split up the big right handed bats of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie. Finding someone who brings enough of an upgrade against lefties while  keeping close to Lind’s performance against right handed pitching would be difficult enough let alone within the five million dollar difference between his buyout and the cost of his contract. While I’m sure many people have their maple soaked panties on in anticipation of the chance to get Justin Morneau to Toronto that would be a marginal upgrade if it is an upgrade at all.

All in all Lind provides great value for 2014 and while the prospect of picking up his option for 2015 is a little more hazy it seems like a no brainer to have Lind’s big left handed bat in the lineup for the Jay’s 2014 season.

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  • shawn

    Justin Morneau would be a mistake. Yes he is better at D and left handed hitters but, would be more costly, and is injury prone. He is aging and has a few years left in him. Lind is still young and his bat is just as dangerous.

  • brad

    I agree with you about Morneau but I would be cautious about thinking Adam Lind is a good enough player to start every day on a playoff caliber team. If you look at the numbers, sure he had a good season….. but what about situational hitting? Of particular interest is his “late and close” stat. Adam Lind is a #5 hitter which means when there are runners on that need to score, he needs to drive them in. He hit .225 when it was late and close with 3 RBI in 92 plate appearances. If you prefer win expectancy stuff, he also hit .225 in high leverage situations over 102 ABs…. All because of his incompetence against lefty pitching. Lets say Bautista gets on with 2 outs in a late inning, would anyone in their right mind pitch to EE?…. no. Walk him, bring in the lefty specialist and put the third out on he board. The guy folds like a cheap tent when the game is on the line… if only they had a right handed compliment to Adam Lind…

    Enter my armchair GM master plan.Step 1) decline Lind’s option. Step 2) sign Lind for 2 years/10 million. Step 3) Find good right handed hitter who can hit lefties and play the OF(Melkey to DH, EE on 1B vs. lefties). step 4) sign cheap, high risk/high reward reclamation project starting pitcher(like Halladay/Linccum). step 5) Acquire a #2 starter….probably expensive Step 6) Acquire gritty catcher (pierzynski type guy).Step 7) trade away 6ish million in bullpen salary. Step 8) replay 1992-93 WS games on sportsnet.

    Payroll of about 140 mil. Rotation: 3 dependable starters, 1 high upside starter and a battle royale for the #5 spot. Position players: better catching offense/defense. Better hitting against lefties, no late inning holes in the lineup…. other than 2B where defense rules anyways. Bullpen: still good

  • Justin Jay

    I would have to say Adam Lind would be our version of David Ortiz, only a slightly better fielder and slightly less power. When Lind is on, he’s downright scary. I didn’t realize how big of a dude he really was until I saw him standing next to everybody at Fenway for the National Anthems. He’s gargantuan!