Jays mum on Lind
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulus always keeps his cards close to his vest and apparently so too does manager John Farrell.
In his pre-game chat with reporters Sunday, Farrell was asked to comment on published reports, including one by QMI Agency’s Bob Elliott, regarding Adam Lind being placed on outright waivers.
“I know he was optioned,” Farrell said. “Beyond that, that’s a confidential procedure.
“I’m aware of the reports that are out there but I’m not aware of anything beyond the option to Las Vegas.”
If Lind has been outrighted, the thinking is that the Jays don’t expect another team to put in a claim for the slumping Lind. The slumping first baseman was hitting .186 with three homers and 11 RBI in the 34 games he played prior to being sent to triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday.
If Line does get picked up, the team that claims him would be on the hook for the remainder of his $5-million salary this year, the $5-million he is owed in 2013 and a minimum of $2-million in his 2014 option year that, if picked up, will cost $7-million.
If Lind clears waivers he could be dropped from the Jays' 40-man roster to create a spot for somebody else.
Farrell maintained the organization hasn’t given up on Lind and continues to hope that he can regain his confidence and stroke at Las Vegas where he is expected to play on Sunday.
“He hasn’t lost his abilities,” Farrell said. “It’s in there. We’ve got to get back to unlocking that and letting it play out more consistently.”