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.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.