Griffin: Confused Adam Lind optioned to AAA-Las Vegas
The Blue Jays on Thursday optioned Adam Lind to AAA-Las Vegas and purchased the contract of catcher/infielder Yan Gomes from their top farm team.
Lind was struggling through a horrible season with the Jays, recently being demoted from cleanup behind Jose Bautista to eighth in the batting order. Lind, 28, was batting .186 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 34 games. He has struggled with his offesnive approach and has admitted that he sometimes changed his mechanics from at-bat to at-bat. Lind is making $5 million this season with another $5 million guaranteed in 2013, with three additional club option years that could be bought out for $3.5 million total.
Gomes, 24, a native of Sao Paolo will become the first Brazilian-born player in the majors. He attended high school in Miami and was a 10th round selection by the Jays in '09. He came to camp as a non-roster player and impressed manager John Farrell at every spring stop, at several positions. He was hitting .359 at Vegas with five homers and 22 RBIs.
Gomes is capable of playing third base and with Brett Lawrie dropping his appeal of his four-game suspension on Thursday, that opportunity may come as soon as the end of the current Yankee series.
This signals the intent of the Jays to have Edwin Encarnacion become the starting first baseman and opens the door for veteran free-agent Vladimir Guerrero to get signifcant at-bats at DH as soon as he is game-ready at minor-league spring training.