Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have declined their end of a $5 million mutual option for the 2018 season with 1B/OF Adam Lind.
Lind, 34, hit a productive .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals this past season. He served as mostly a pinch-hitter for most of the season, but did fill in the outfield when Jayson Werth was out with an injury.
Lind earned $1 million for the 2017 season. Given how productive he was, he shouldn’t have a problem finding another contract despite his age.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.
Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.