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Blue Jays pick up options on Adam Lind and Mark DeRosa, decline on Munenori Kawasaki

Oct 31, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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We learned earlier tonight that the Blue Jays exercised their 2014 option on closer Casey Janssen, but Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca now reports that the club has also picked up their options on first baseman Adam Lind and utility player Mark DeRosa.

Lind is coming off a solid bounce back campaign in which he batted .288/.357/.497 with 23 home runs and 67 RBI over 143 games. His .854 OPS was his highest since 2009. The 30-year-old will be paid $7 million next season while the Blue Jays still hold club options for 2015 and 2016.

DeRosa managed to stay mostly healthy this season while batting .235/.326/.407 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 88 games. He appeared in his most games since 2009. The option was only for $750,000, so the Blue Jays will take their chances with DeRosa headed into his age-39 season. It’s worth noting that he has discussed the possibility of retirement.

While Janssen, Lind, and DeRosa remain in the fold, the Blue Jays have declined the $1 million option on fan favorite infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Of course, it’s possible that he could return at a lower rate.

  1. esracerx46 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Lower rate than 1 million?

    • ptfu - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Yeah, he’s not going to be back with the Jays. I don’t think they would nickle-and-dime him for a quarter-to-half mil. Saki Bomb will be a fan favorite wherever he catches on, especially if he unleashes anything like that walkoff hit and subsequent interview for the ages.

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/26/munenori-kawasakis-incredible-post-game-interview/

  2. provguard - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    DeRosa is worth the money… Nothing like having a backup player and a coach at the same time. Mark will manage someday…

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    I don’t get why Lind keeps showing up at the SkyDome. C’mon AA, sell high…ish. If he were to be traded for a pitcher whose shoulder doesn’t fall off I’d say the Jays win that deal.

    • dan1111 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:26 AM

      As disappointing as last season was, the Jays have to still consider themselves in win-now mode. They have a lot of talent on the roster, and surely they cannot have as many injuries and under-performances as they did this year.

  4. proudlycanadian - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    The Jays only have room on the roster for one of DeRosa or Kawasaki. Obviously they decided on DeRosa.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      It appears that Kawasaki has a $2million contract lined up in Japan. If that is true, the Jays were not going to stand in his way. He was fun to watch, but will get a lot more playing time in Japan. He seemed to be proud that his baby son is a “Canuck”.

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