Adam Lind, the 34-year-old first baseman/outfielder, was working out at the free-agent camp on Thursday, but no more:
Roster Move: The Yankees have signed 1B/OF Adam Lind to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 2, 2018
The move is intended to provide depth for Greg Bird at first base, who is currently backed up by Tyler Austin, both of whom have had injury concerns in the past. Lind is a solid veteran who has played 582 career games at first base.
In particular, Bird was lost to the Yankees with a shoulder injury in 2016 and an ankle injury until August of 2017. As a result, first base was filled first with an underperforming Chris Carter, and later, more successfully, by Chase Headley, who has since been traded to the San Diego Padres.
Austin had a series of injuries, including a fracture in his ankle and a hamstring problem that kept him mostly out of the lineup in 2017. On the season, Austin had only 46 plate appearances and hit .255.
Lind posted a .303/.362/.513 slash line with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in 116 games with the Nationals in 2017.
The lefty made 30 starts at first base, 25 in left field, and six as the designated hitter. He also hit a league-high four pinch-hit home runs in 48 plate appearances as a pinch hitter.
With the infield battle for second and third bases taking center stage this spring, could first base join in the fray? With Adam Lind in the mix, the battle to add depth at first base just got more exciting.