Albeit in a part-time role, Adam Lind put up his best season since 2009, slashing .303/.362/.513 in 301 plate appearances with the Nationals. The line was rather surprising as Lind was coming off a .239/.286.431 campaign with the Mariners. The rebound was timely as Washington declined Lind's 2018 option. Fueling the bounce back was a reversion in contact and hard-hit rates, both of which plummeted his only season in the Pacific Northwest. Playing 25 games in left field aids the 34-year old's value, both in fantasy and as Lind carves out a reserve role later in his career. For the past several years, Lind has been an under-the-radar value in OBP leagues, registering a mark of at least .357 each season since 2013, except in 2016. The lefty swinger is best used solely against right-handers, as he's hit only one of his 54 homers since 2014 with a southpaw on the hill. Lind will likely regress from last season, but in the right scenario, he could be a useful piece.
Lind will become a free agent after the Nationals declined to pick up his mutual option for 2018, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Lind bounced back after a disappointing 2016 campaign, hitting .303/.362/.513 with 14 homers in 116 games (301 plate appearances) for the Nationals last season. Still, he was owed $5 million next season and didn't have a direct avenue to everyday at-bats, so the Nationals decided to part ways with the 34-year-old. He joins a large group of first basemen available in free agency this offseason, so he could have some difficulty finding a favorable deal.
Lind went to 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Mets. Lind launched his 10th bomb of the season in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough, as the Nationals lost by a score of 4-2. He has an excellent .295 batting average to go along with a solid .490 slugging percentage in just 210 at-bats, and he's been a reliable fantasy option this year when in the lineup.
Lind is not in the lineup for Thursday's game in Houston, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Lind will retreat to the bench after starting six of the past seven games and going 3-for-20 during that span. Although Alejandro De Aza continues to see regular starts in right, Lind remains a solid contributor off the bench while earning regular starts in left and at first base.
Lind is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Angels, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. After receiving playing time in left field over the last several games, Lind will take a seat against left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs. In his place will be Howie Kendrick, who will bat leadoff.
Lind will start in left field and bat fifth in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday against the Giants, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. Lind has been deployed at first base or designated hitter for much of his career, but the Nationals will deploy him in left field for the fourth consecutive contest due to the team's extensive injuries in the outfield. With all of Adam Eaton (knee), Jayson Werth (toe), Ryan Raburn (back), Trea Turner (wrist) and Bryce Harper (knee) on the disabled list and Howie Kendrick recently having gotten over a back issue, Lind should continue to handle at least semi-regular work in the outfield for the time being, at least against right-handed pitching. Considering Lind is hitting .317 with nine home runs in 198 plate appearances this season, he could provide some sneaky value in deeper leagues where he's still available.