The Yankees have announced that they’ve signed 1B/OF Adam Lind to a minor league deal, with an invite to Major League spring training. Lind can opt-out of his deal at the end of spring training.
Roster Move: The Yankees have signed 1B/OF Adam Lind to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 2, 2018
Yankees fans should be familiar with Lind, who played in Toronto for nine years from 2006-2014. Following stops in Milwaukee and Seattle, where he turned in back-to-back 20 homer seasons, Lind landed with the Nationals in 2017 and slashed .303/.362/.513 with 14 homers and 59 RBI in 116 games.
Although Greg Bird bounced back nicely from his ankle injury last season with a solid postseason, there will always be injury concerns with him until he can prove he can stay healthy for an extended period of time. Tyler Austin, who will presumably compete with Lind for the backup 1B job, has also had a history of injuries in his short career. According to Mark Feinsand of mlb.com, Brian Cashman called the Lind deal an “insurance policy.”
Lind played 25 games in left field last year and 39 at first base, and his left-handed power-bat would definitely play well in Yankee Stadium.
Although the organization would probably prefer a right-handed bat to compliment Bird (assuming he stays healthy) at first, having a guy like Lind who had an OPS of .875 in 301 plate appearances last year as an option isn’t a bad thing.