The Toronto Blue Jays signed designated hitter Adam Lind to a four-year $18 million deal last week. The deal also includes a club-option for the years 2014-2016.
I think this a good move for the Blue Jays. Lind put up a line of. 305/. 370/. 562 for 2009. That was good for a 3.7 WAR. His defense did hurt his value as he posted a -8.1 UZR in left-field last year. So they are moving him to DH to hide his glove. The move from left field to DH is a difference of 10 runs. So he is probably around the 2.5 WAR area as a designated hitter, which is above average. 2.5 win players can expect to earn a deal around 2 years 20 million in free agency, so I think the Blue Jays are getting good value here. The Jays are also protecting themselves down the road as well. They haven’t guaranteed him anything beyond a buyout in 2014. If he is still going strong into his late twenties, the Jays can keep him and if not they can let him go.
Overall, I think this is a good move for the Blue Jays. The Jays need to be efficient in order to compete with teams like the Red Sox and the Yankees. This move is one step closer toward the Blue Jays being competitive.[picappgallerysingle id="1168908"]