Seattle Mariners: Adam Lind trade is very close
The Seattle Mariners are nearing a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers that would bring first baseman Adam Lind to Seattle, solving the M’s biggest need at the moment.
Update: The Mariners and Brewers have indeed agreed to a deal for Adam Lind. Seattle will be sending two “lower level” prospect to Milwaukee – neither of which are on Seattle’s 40-man roster. D.J. Peterson isn’t on the 40-man roster so it’s still possible that he’ll be one of the players involved in the trade.
adam lind is going to mariners. lower-level prospects believed headed to brewers.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2015
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 9, 2015
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2015
Since trading away Mark Trumbo, there has been an obvious need to bring in a major league ready first baseman. Jesus Montero would likely see the majority of time there if the season were to begin today.
Adam Lind, 32, is a major improvement over Montero, at least against right-handed pitchers. In 2015, Lind batted .277/.360/.460 for the Brewers. His career line against righties has been fantastic. Last year he even exceeded his on base percentage by an impressive margin.
- Adam Lind vs righties:
As with almost everything, there’s also bad news. Lind has only batted .213/.259/.327 in his career against lefties. That explains why he only had 112 plate appearances against them in 2015. The Mariners could always use Montero as his platoon partner or look to bring in another option.
It’s unclear at the moment who the Mariners are offering the Brewers in exchange. At 32-years old and in the final year of a deal that earns him $8 million, the cost won’t likely be too steep. There are rumors that D.J. Peterson could be part of the package.
Peterson was the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft but has run into some issues offensively at Double-A Jackson after a strong start in the low minors.