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Adam Lind on notice after Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero

May 10, 2012, 8:08 PM EST

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Adam Lind hit .305/.370/.562 for the Blue Jays in 2009 and finished fifth in the AL with 35 homers and third with 114 RBI. Toronto rewarded him after that season with a four-year, $18 million contract that took him right to free agency.

So far, Lind hasn’t paid them back. The 29-year-old has hit .240/.290/.424 in 1,169 at-bats since the beginning of the 2010 season. He opened this year in the cleanup spot behind Jose Bautista, but he was dropped to eighth in Wednesday’s lineup. He’s currently hitting just .198/.283/.347 in 101 at-bats this season.

That puts the Jays in a tough spot. They’re still committed to Lind for about another $4 million this year, $5 million in 2013 and then a $2 million buyout of his 2014 option. However, he’s nothing more than a fringe platoon guy at the moment, and it’s hard to imagine that he has any trade value.

The Jays already had to be giving some thought to trying 2008 first-round pick David Cooper a look in his place. Cooper didn’t exactly thrive in his major league debut last season, hitting .211/.284/.394 in 71 at-bats, but he’s back tearing up Triple-A pitching again, albeit in a very favorable environment for offense in Las Vegas. He’s hitting .328/.398/.546 with just 13 strikeouts in 119 at-bats.

Now Toronto has another option: putting Guerrero at DH and making Edwin Encarnacion the new first baseman. It’s not an immediate solution — Guerrero is going to have to go to the minors and show that he has something left in order to earn the opportunity — but it is a pretty intriguing possibility. Personally, I like Guerrero to outperform Cooper and probably Lind as well, if he gets the chance.

  1. cur68 - May 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Guerrero is probably a better option than Lind at DH, but E5 isn’t called E5 for nothing: he can commit errors any position willy nilly, without regard for rhyme or reason. Some even call him Iron Glove. I prefer the thought of him at DH. Vladdy in the bench as a bench bat and Cooper a shot at 1B. Adam Lind? Trade him for bullpen help. Bundle him up with Snider and send him off for a long reliever of set up man. Please.

    • missthemexpos - May 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      And here I thought that Encarnacion was called E5 because his first name starts with an E and has 5 letters. I would still consider giving another shot to Snider. As for Lind, classic case of one year where everything clicked and now opposing pitchers have him figured out and he has failed to counter punch.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 12, 2012 at 4:10 AM

      thats like saying id rather cut off my right arm instead of my left leg, both are useless just like the jays

      • proudlycanadian - May 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        Admitting that your right arm is useless is a bit extreme Harry. I assume that you must use your left hand. By the way, are you posting messages in the baseball comments section of SI.com? I am not posting anything there, but one poster reminds me slightly of you.

  2. paperlions - May 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Well, since 2007 Lind has had at least 311 PAs each year and his wRC+ have been 72, 96, 139, 89, 95, and 73 (this year). Like most bad contracts, the Jays paid a guy based on his career year as if it represented a new level of performance rather than natural variation about a mean. It may be more obvious now that 2009 was an outlier, but waiting one more year to see if he could repeat that year wouldn’t have cost them much if he did…and would have saved them a lot when he didn’t.

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      I can think of a few players who are not earning their contracts including Pujols and Arod. You just never know if a player will earn what they are paid. In the case of Lind, he was clearly underpaid in 2009.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 12, 2012 at 4:09 AM

        arod?? he isnt doing that bad, granted its not 25MIL per year worth but at least he is hitting well above his weight unlike that loser jose that you clowns are paying big bucks to. He has nothing to show for his contract and thats probably cause he got told about a pee cup. get a grip proudly, i mean are you for real?

      • proudlycanadian - May 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM

        Hello Harry. That is the first time I remember seeing you write anything even slightly negative about the Yankees.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        no i dont leave comments on SI.com, only here and once in a blue moon on yahoo sports

      • proudlycanadian - May 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        Thanks for the info Harry.

  3. bigleagues - May 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Lind is now approaching a full seasons worth of extreme sucktatude as he actually had an excellent 1st half last season.

    Split,PA,R,H,2B,HR,RBI,BB,SO,BA,OBP,SLG,OPS,TB,BAbip,tOPS+,sOPS+
    1st Half,289,37,78,8,16,52,21,52,.300,.349,.515,.865,134,.313,136,141
    2nd Half,253,19,47,8,10,35,11,55,.197,.233,.356,.589,85,.210,60,59

    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 5/10/2012.

  4. bigleagues - May 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    ooops my bad (remember pre-formatted text – not CSV!)

                                                                                  
    Split       PA  R  H 2B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS  TB BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
    1st Half   289 37 78  8 16  52 21 52 .300 .349 .515 .865 134  .313   136   141
    2nd Half   253 19 47  8 10  35 11 55 .197 .233 .356 .589  85  .210    60    59
    

    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 5/10/2012.

  5. jlovenotjlo - May 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Just trick Kenny Williams into picking up his contract… works every time

  6. drewzducks - May 11, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    I always knew that Chico was the better Lind.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 11, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Send this bum to San Diego or at least just as far away as possible.

    • gloccamorra - May 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      San Diego doesn’t need a DH in the National League and has a lefty first baseman who’s hitting .292 with 11 doubles, is three years younger and makes the major league minimum.

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