Heyman: Nationals come to terms with Adam Lind
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 3:42
With two days until pitcher and catchers report to spring training, the Washington Nationals have made a late addition to their bench.
A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that the Washington Nationals have come to terms with free agent first baseman Adam Lind. He has spent most of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays (2006-2014), before spending 2015 with the Milwaukee Brewers and 2016 with the Mariners.
Lind, who is 33, batted.239 with 20 homers and 58 RBIs for the Seattle Mariners last season. That would make him a marked step up over Clint Robinson, who now projects as a left-handed first base option off the bench for the Nats. It marked the sixth time in his career that Lind hit at least 20 homers. Zimmerman played in 115 games and hit.218 with 18 doubles, 15 home runs and 46 RBIs in 2016.
A 6-foot-2 left-handed batter and fielder, Lind could make for a nice complement at first base with Zimmerman, who is coming off the worst season of his career and has averaged only 90 games played the last three years. Robinson saw 190 PAs against righties last season and hit just.223/.296/.337 in that role, and he's a lifetime.243/.325/.385 hitter against right-handers. The Blue Jays selected Lind in the third round of the 2004 draft.
The deal, contingent on Lind passing a physical, provides the Nationals with depth both in the outfield and at first base.