The rise and fall of 10 former Blue Jays
May 16, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Adam Lind (24) against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
1. Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers
Lind is enjoying a good start to his National League career in Milwaukee. The 31-year-old slugger (some years) is on pace to post very similar numbers to his 2013 season:
He won’t set any career highs this year, but his best days are likely behind him. Well, 2009 was probably his career year and that’s when he was only making a little over $400K.
Lind’s most interesting differences in the NL are his increased strikeout and walk rates. Usually they don’t both go up.
The Jays replaced Lind with Smoak, although not directly, and he has played very little this season. It’s unclear whether the Jays got rid of Lind for salary reasons or otherwise. It’s been said the team wanted players with a little more enthusiasm and fire. If that’s true, Lind certainly didn’t fit the bill. But he’s off to a good start with a team even worse than Toronto and we wish him all the best.
Of the eight players on this list who played for the Jays last season, I would say the team is winning five (Gose, Morrow, Melky, Rasmus, Lawrie) and losing three (Happ, Janssen, Lind). Meaning, the replacements for those the team is ‘winning’ are an upgrade at least right now and the Jays are better off without them.
We’ll see how the season goes and check in on this list again later in the year to see if the score remains the same.
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