San Diego Padres Options at First Base
Sep 4, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first basemanAdam Lind
(26) fields a ground ball and tags first base for an out during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
#1. Adam Lind-Career: .273/.327/.466, 146 HR; 2014: .321/.381/.479, 6 HR
A younger, out of the organization option, could be Adam Lind. Despite missing a large chunk of time due to a foot injury, Lind was a solid contributor whenever he played. He wouldn’t be the flashest acquisition, but he would provide a much-needed upgrade to the lineup.
There’s no guarantee that Lind will hit the free agent market this year. The Blue Jays hold a $7.5 million, one- year option and according to Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays are learning towards picking up the option. Even if the Jays decide to do so, Lind shouldn’t be too hard to obtain. With an already deep lineup, Lind can be expendable especially at $7.5 million.
A trade for Lind shouldn’t be all that pricey either. He’s an oft-injured, non-essential part of the team in a contract year. If the price is right, the Padres should pull the trigger if all the other options fall through. There’s little risk in a one-year deal, and if he doesn’t work out, they can easily just move on.