Last week Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported that the Blue Jays had placed Adam Lind on outright waivers, essentially removing him from the 40-man roster because there was very little chance of another team claiming the $8.5 million left on his contract.
However, now comes word from Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that Knobler’s information was incorrect.
According to Chisholm “there were no indications” and “there is no evidence” that Lind was placed on waivers after being optioned to Triple-A, the proof of which is in the fact that Lind remains on the team’s 40-man roster five days later.
He had been placed on waivers Lind either would have been claimed by another team or the Blue Jays would have been able to outright him off the 40-man roster, and since neither of those things has apparently happened the original report looks to have been incorrect.
Whatever the case, Lind is at Triple-A and the Blue Jays owe him $5 million this season and $5 million next season, with a series of team options or buyouts beginning in 2014.
The Blue Jays have released right-handed reliever John Axford from his minor league contract, per an announcement on Saturday. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi speculates that the move could provide an avenue for the club to rework Axford’s contract, but the Blue Jays have yet to confirm or deny the report.
Axford, 35, was dealt a blow on Thursday after getting diagnosed with a stress reaction in the olecranon bone of his right elbow. Elbow soreness dogged the right-hander through much of his time in camp, and although he was scheduled for a follow-up examination later this spring, a definite return date had not been established.
Prior to the diagnosis, Axford was tabbed for a setup role with the team in 2019. He pitched to mixed results in 2018 (thanks in part to a late-season fracture of his right fibula) with a 5.27 ERA, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 through 54 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays and Dodgers. Now, however, it’s not certain that he’ll return to the mound this season in any capacity.
Axford isn’t the only reliever the Blue Jays have lost to injury lately, either, as right-handers Ryan Tepera and Bud Norris have been sidelined with right elbow inflammation and forearm fatigue, respectively. Per Davidi, the Blue Jays offered Norris a $100,000 retention bonus to prevent him from opting out of the minor league contract he signed in February.