The New York Yankees added some depth to their lineup on Friday by signing backup outfielder/first baseman Adam Lind to a Minor League deal.
While serving as a pinch hitter, backup outfielder, and backup first baseman in 2017, Adam Lind hit a solid .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Washington Nationals. Lind also put up a 123 OPS+ (100 is average), a .875 OPS, .513 slugging percentage, and a .362 on-base percentage.
It is somewhat surprising that a player that had such a great year in 2017 (even at the ripe age of 36) will have to settle on a Minor League deal, but the way that this offseason has gone, it is not unlike many others.
The Washington Nationals were the powerhouse that they were expected to be in 2017 and were seen as favorites along with the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the National League Pennant. Unfortunately for them, the Chicago Cubs came through and ended their incredible season in 5 games in the National League Division Series.
The New York Yankees were supposed to be at the beginning of a rebuild in 2017 but in complete New York Yankees fashion, wound up in a race with the Boston Red Sox for the American League East and settled on the first Wild Card Spot. The Bronx Bombers would proceed to beat the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game, pull off an upset against the Cleveland Indians, and were one win shy of facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.
New York made the biggest trade of the offseason and acquired superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins for nothing close to what he was worth and are now seen as the favorites to not only win the AL East, but the American League Pennant. The Yankees will once again be a powerhouse and will be led by Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez.
If Adam Lind makes the team, he will almost unquestionably be utilized as a backup and will likely not see a great deal of playing time. Regardless, the New York Yankees will get a solid backup bat in their lineup for virtually nothing and will get him for virtually nothing.