The Blue Jays put struggling first baseman Adam Lind on waivers over the weekend. The waivers are irrevocable so the team cannot pull him back if another teams puts in a claim. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports first reported the news.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that baseball execs don’t expect any team to put in a claim on the one-time top prospect.
Any team who claims him will be on the hook for his four-year, $18 million contract that goes through 2013. The contract also includes team options for 2014 to 2016, which appear unlikely to be picked up by the Blue Jays or any other team unless Lind has a career resurgence.
Lind, 28, signed the extension after a 2009 season in which he won the Silver Slugger award and hit .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI. Since then, however, he has been a huge disappointment for Toronto, struggling to hit .250 and seeing his home run numbers go down and his strikeouts go up. This season, in 34 games, he was hitting .186 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI before the Blue Jays sent him down to the minors.
If Lind clears waivers, he will no longer be on the team’s 40-man roster and will continue to play in AAA.