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.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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