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Bullpen Day Thrives, Yanks top Rays 4-1

Entering the last week of the regular season the Yankees opened a four-game set Monday night in the always dreaded trip to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees came into tonight sitting one and a half games (two in the loss column) above the Oakland A’s for home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game. Aaron Boone decided to go with a “bullpen day” tonight instead of giving the ball to a typical starter.

Yankees sign former Blue Jay Adam Lind to minor-league deal

According to Yankees PR, Adam Lind has signed a minor-league contract as well as an invite to spring training. The 34 year-old has spent 12 years in the majors, including four teams in the past four seasons.

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Lind is an interesting pickup that could contend for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The left-hander quietly batted .303 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs for the Nationals last season. Offensively, he’s a solid option as he also slugged .513 and got on base at a clip of .362. His WAR of 1.3 on offense was impressive, though it essentially cancels out the -0.9 defensive WAR he had last season. This move is likely just for depth purposes, as Lind provides decent protection in case anyone gets hurt.

With him being a lefty and the starting first baseman Greg Bird being a left-handed hitter as well, it’s unlikely Lind will make it past spring training. He doesn’t have much competition though, as Tyler Austin is the top choice for that backup first base position currently, so do not be surprised if he surpasses Austin for that role. Lind also played 25 games in the outfield for the Nationals in 2017.

Article by: Spencer Schultz