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.

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.