Six days ago, the Yankees signed veteran major leaguer Adam Lind to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Lind, who turns 35 this July, has had sustained success over his career.
Drafted in the 3rd round by the Blue Jays in 2004, Lind was a full-time player with the big club by 2007. He won a Silver Slugger award in 2009 with the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .305 with 35 homeruns, to go along with 114rbi. Lind remained a fan favorite in Toronto for several years before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers November 1, 2014.
In 2017 Lind played 116 games with the Washington Nationals, hitting 14 home runs in 267 at bats. Lind saw time in left field and first base while putting up a respectable .303 batting average. This signing brings a welcome veteran presence to the Yankees locker room. With 20 homeruns in 2015 and 2016, Lind should still have the potential to go deep in a big pinch-hitting spot for the Yankees in 2017.
Recently, a Washington Nationals staffer added that Lind “was loved, loved, loved by his teammates” during his time with the team.
The Yankees have no room in the outfield for Lind, so Lind will either see time at 1B or DH. I expect Lind will have to start the season in AAA, but when he’s called up and inserted into the lineup Lind gives Aaron Boone a decent left-handed power bat option.