Brewers acquire Adam Lind from Blue Jays for Marco Estrada

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UPDATE: The deal is now official.

2 p.m. ET: Andrew Walker of 590 The Fan in Toronto reports that the Blue Jays will receive right-hander Marco Estrada from the Brewers. The 31-year-old posted a 4.36 ERA over 18 starts and 21 relief appearances this past season while his 29 homers allowed were the most in the National League. Rogers Centre isn’t exactly the best place to hide his warts, but he could start or pitch in a swingman role.

1:52 p.m. ET: We learned earlier today that the Blue Jays exercised Adam Lind’s $7.5 million option for 2015, but it sounds like he’ll be playing elsewhere next season.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Brewers have acquired first Adam Lind from the Blue Jays. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca previously reported that a deal was close. No word yet on what Toronto will receive in return.

First base has been an area of need for Milwaukee for a while, so Lind is a solid fit as a left-handed bat, even though he’s not great with the glove and will likely need a platoon partner against lefties. The 31-year-old batted .321/.381/.479 with six home runs and 40 RBI over 96 games this season and his contract still includes an affordable $8 million club option for 2016. Brewers first baseman were last in the National League in batting average (.207), on-base percentage (.287), and slugging percentage (.356) this past season.

The Blue Jays claimed Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners earlier this week and figure to keep him as a low-cost replacement for Lind.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”