Blue Jays “getting a lot of interest” in Adam Lind

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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.

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches a rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.