It had been widely reported that the two sides were close on a deal, but they have come together and got a deal done to send Lind to Seattle. Tuesday night it was reported by Jon Morosi that they were making “substantial progress” on a deal that many thought would get done, and ultimately did get done.
In the initial report from Heyman, it was reported that the Brewers would be sending “lower-level prospects” in return for Lind. Now, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Brewers are getting “three teenagers” in return and according to Joel Sherman, all three are pitchers.
UPDATE (12:00): Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune has reported that the three pitchers are Daniel Missaki (19), Carlos Herrera (18) and Freddy Peralta (19).
Lind, 32, is set to make $8 million in 2016 and and has just one year remaining on his current contract which means this could be a one-year rental type of deal for the Mariners.
In 2015 for the Brewers, Lind hit .277/.360/.460 with 32 doubles, 20 home runs and 87 RBIs.
The Mariners had a hole at first base that they needed to fill and this move does just that. Lind also provides some more power in the middle of the order to go along with Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager.
There is a good chance that there could be a platoon at first base in Seattle with Lind and Jesus Montero. This makes sense for two reasons. One, Dipoto said Montero “is an option” and two, Lind hits just .213/.259/.327 against lefties while hitting .293/.354/.509 versus righties.
This deal marks the ninth trade that new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has made since coming on as GM at the end of September as he continues to remake this Mariners roster.