The Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned in several MLB rumors so far this season. It is no secret they have been looking for first base help after James Loney has put together a terrible first half. The Dodgers tried to grab Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros earlier this month only to have Lee veto the trade before accepting a trade to the Miami Marlins.
The first base market is kind of thin at the moment. Bryan LaHair of the Chicago Cubs is available and could be a fit. Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins might be available but he is a risk to bring on after a couple of concussions have caused him to miss a lot of time over the past couple of years. However, there is one player who might be available, even if the team still considers itself in the playoff hunt and that is Adam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lind has been hitting well since returning from AAA on June 25th. But the Blue Jays just re-signed Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year deal so the chances of Lind sticking are getting slimmer by the day. Lind has struggled the last couple of seasons but was once one of the better young hitters in the game. In 2009, Lind hit .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI. His average slipped in 2010 and 2011 but he still hit home runs, 23 in 2010 and 26 in 2011. He has experience in the outfield but first base is probably his best position moving forward.
The Dodgers need help on offense. Even with Matt Kemp and Andre Eithier returning this week they still require some help. Lind would be an upgrade over Loney at the dish and could flourish in the Dodgers lineup and from a change of scenery. He might not get back to the .300 hitter he was but he certainly should be a threat at the plate moving forward and wouldn’t cost a ton in prospects heading to Toronto. Lind has certainly been better since returning from his demotion to AAA, hitting 4 of his 7 home runs and raising his season average from .186 to .232 in less than a month.
Lind doesn’t make a ton of money and if he can return to a 25-30 home run power threat he could be a bargain. Lind is scheduled to make $5 million next season and has three option years after that at reasonable rates. The Blue Jays don’t need Lind. The Dodgers do. It only makes sense for Lind to trade in his Blue Jays jersey for one emblazoned with Dodger Blue.