The Yankees are making another attempt to pad the team’s first base depth. According to Chris Cotillo, the Bombers have once again signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal. If you recall, the club tried this exact move back in March. It didn’t work out then, but maybe the second time’s the charm.
In an abridged spring training, Lind hit .200/.250/.200. He never had a chance to get going at the plate, and he recognized as much. He asked to be released from his contract following the Neil Walker signing. Lind read the writing on the wall and saw no path to the big leagues in New York.
The equation has changed now. Since his release, Greg Bird got injured and the team received no production from Tyler Wade and Walker. It’s possible he could give the Yankees a boost at some point. He is just one year removed from a strong season with the Nationals. Lind hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs over 301 plate appearances. That will play just fine.
Lind is expected to report to extended spring training to get more at-bats under his belt. From there he could be an option at the big league level, or he will join Triple-A. Until then, the Yankees can take a breather knowing their first base depth has been somewhat restocked.