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After optioning Lind, Blue Jays put struggling first baseman on outright waivers

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider
A day after optioning Adam Lind to Triple-A, the Blue Jays put the struggling first baseman on outright waivers on Friday, a move that shows their frustration with him and one that would allow them to remove him from the 40-man major-league roster.

The Blue Jays didn't announce the move, but two major-league sources told CBSSports.com that Lind showed up on the waiver wire Friday.

Outright waivers are irrevocable, so if any team puts in a claim on Lind, the Blue Jays would lose him. But Lind's contract, which pays him $5 million this year and next year and includes three club options that guarantee him another $3.5 million, makes a claim fairly unlikely.

Lind, who is still just 28 years old, is only three years removed from a season where he hit .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI. His production fell off the next two seasons, and this year he was hitting .186 with just three home runs in 118 at-bats at the time he was sent down.

The move to option Lind to Triple-A was taken by some to mean that the team just wanted to see if he could figure things out. The move to put him on outright waivers suggests that the Blue Jays would simply prefer to be rid of him.

The Blue Jays have more roster moves coming, with Vladimir Guerrero expected to join the club as soon as he works himself into shape. Blue Jays people are telling friends with other teams that more moves are expected on Monday.

 
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