Blue Jays pick up Adam Lind’s $7.5 million club option for 2015

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While this week’s acquisition of Justin Smoak clouds his future in Toronto, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays have exercised Adam Lind’s $7.5 million club option for 2015.

Lind, 31, batted .321/.381/.479 with six home runs and 40 RBI over 96 games this season. He can’t hit left-handed pitching, but his salary for 2015 is reasonable and his contract still includes an affordable $8 million club option for 2016. That could make him an enticing target on the trade market.

The Blue Jays claimed Smoak off waivers from the Mariners earlier this week and will likely decline his a $3.65 million option option for 2015 in favor of a $150,000 buyout. However, they would still have him under team control for another year via the arbitration process. At the very least, Smoak gives the Jays a cheaper (albeit less productive) fallback option if they find an attractive trade offer for Lind in the coming days and weeks.

In other news, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca hears that the Blue Jays have declined their $6 million club option on reliever Sergio Santos. He’ll receive a $750,000 buyout and become a free agent. Santos’ contract once looked like a potential bargain, but he has struggled through injuries in recent years.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.