Blue Jays first baseman/designated hitter Adam Lind is under team control through 2016, but it sounds like he may not be long for Toronto.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talked to an unnamed “executive” source who says “the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams.”
Lind had a horrible three-season run from 2010-2012, at one point passing through waivers unclaimed because no other team wanted the rest of his contract, but the 31-year-old bounced back to hit .301 with 29 homers and an .856 OPS in 239 games during the past two seasons.
That includes a .321 batting average this year, although as usual Lind struggled mightily against left-handed pitching and was mostly platooned. Platoon first basemen/designated hitters aren’t exactly hot commodities, but with team options for $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 he’d fit in plenty of lineups.
According to Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN in Minnesota in the Twins have sold left-hander Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.
Johnson, who was acquired from the Pirates in exchange for Justin Morneau–by way of Duke Welker, in a weird series of transactions–spent most of the past two seasons at Triple-A. He’s posted good-looking ERAs there, but they’ve come with sub par strikeout and walk rates.
It’s possible Johnson could have snagged a big-league job at some point as a fifth starter or middle reliever, but at age 30 he was running out of chances and will no doubt get a bigger payday in Japan. Minnesota has cleared four spots on the 40-man roster since the end of the season, but the Twins still have plenty of other dead weight to potentially drop.
Last night Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was not on the field when both teams lined up on the baselines for player introductions before Game 1 of the World Series and now we know why: He was in the clubhouse throwing up.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that today, but when asked last night after the game what happened Lincecum originally said:
I just didn’t make it down in time. I didn’t want to run out there in the middle of everybody else getting introduced. That was just … it. I was doing some stuff in the training room.
That’s one way to put it, I guess.
Lincecum was apparently available to pitch, if needed, but the Giants didn’t use him out of the bullpen. He’s yet to pitch this postseason and last saw game action on September 28.
Minnesota has declined right-hander Jared Burton’s option for 2015, choosing to pay the 33-year-old reliever a $200,000 buyout rather than a $3.6 million salary.
Not so long ago that option looked like it might be a bargain, as Burton went from scrap-heap pickup to one of the league’s best setup men, but he showed major signs of decline this season while throwing 64 innings with a 4.36 ERA.
His strikeout rate went from 8.2 per nine innings in 2012/2013 to 6.5 this season and his walk rate jumped to 3.5 per nine innings. He also struggled down the stretch last season and his velocity has dipped as well.
Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the World Series, in Kansas City:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
DH Michael Morse
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Jake Peavy
Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with his Game 1 lineup, which included first baseman Travis Ishikawa in left field and outfielder Michael Morse at designated hitter.
SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
2B Omar Infante
3B Mike Moustakas
SP Yordano Ventura
No changes for the Royals, who’ve used the exact same lineup for every postseason game.