Boston adds depth at first base, sign Lind to minor league deal
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As reported earlier by Evan Drellich of NBC Boston, Adam Lind and the Red Sox have agreed to a minor league contract. The New York Yankees signed Lind to a minor league contract earlier this season but was then released. The signing comes after the Red Sox designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment five days ago.
Lind,34, has carved out an eleven-year career in the majors. He broke into the league with the Toronto Blue Jays and played for the Jays for eight seasons. He went on to play for the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, and most recently the Washington Nationals. While he was with the Nationals, he put up a strong season. He slashed a .303/.362/.513 batting line with a .875 OPS and a 124 OPS+. Lind finished last season with an impressive .363 wOBA and a 124 wRC+. During Lind’s stint with the Yankees, he saw action in both their high A and Triple-A squads. In a combined 94 plate appearances, Lind finished with a .302/.362/.477 slash line and three home runs.
Of course with Ramirez no longer in the fold, Boston has added depth at the first base position. However, in comparison to Mitch Moreland, it is a bit of an odd signing. Lind presents a similar skill set to Moreland but is less productive against left-handed pitching. Lind has a lifetime .217 batting average against lefties, to Moreland’s .248 batting average. The Sox are not getting much of a defender with Lind. Last year he had a -0.3 UZR, a -3.8 UZR in 2016, and a -9.7 UZR in 2015. Moreland is sporting a 1.3 UZR this year and put up an even better 4.6 UZR in 2016.
However, if Lind can bring the offense he had in 2015, the Red Sox could be in good shape. Lind was ranked in the top 15 for RBIs, walks, and OBP. He finished 2015 with 86 RBIs, 66 walks, and a .360 OBP.
Adam Lind may not be Mitch Moreland, but if he can produce like he did with the Brewers and Nationals, this signing may fly under the radar as we get closer to a pennant race.