Sunday, November 2, 2014
Hot Stove Update: Adam Lind/Marco Estrada Trade
It didn't take long after the World Series conclusion for the Hot Stove to get fired up. The Blue Jays and Brewers completed a significant trade that sent 1B/LF/DH Adam Lind to the Brewers for RHP Marco Estrada.
The 31 year old Lind(is it possible that Adam Lind is already 31 years old?) is a very good left-handed hitter against RHP's. He struggles(.212 career BA) against LHP's. He is also a negative defender at all positions, but is passable at 1B. He also has battled a bad back off and on and missed nearly half of last season. Toronto apparently became disenchanted with him and recently signed Justin Smoak off the waiver wire. First base has been a problem for the Brewers since Prince Fielder left and they needed a left-handed power bat for the lineup that leans strongly to the right. At the least, Lind gives them the bigger half of a platoon bat and someone to put out there at 1B. That is, of course, if he can stay healthy.
Estrada is also 31 years old. He's a guy who fantasy prognosticators have loved for several years, but who has never quite performed up to expectations. He has excellent K and BB ratios, but is an extreme flyball pitcher who does not seem to be able to suppress HR/FB. In a yard like the Brewers play in, that is a bad combination! The problem with this trade is, Toronto and the AL East is not likely to be any friendlier to Estrada's style and possibly a lot unfriendlier! If there is a place for him in MLB, it would seem to be on the west coast. He lost his starting job midway through the 2014 season and pitched better out of the bullpen so the Brewers don't give up much here.
I'll call this one a clear win for the Brewers provided Lind can stay healthy.