By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
A long weekend after moving on from Hanley Ramirez (and with a few days still left to either trade or release the 34-year-old Ramirez), the Red Sox have signed first baseman/left fielder Adam Lind to a minor league deal.
First reported by NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich, and confirmed to NBC Sports Boston by Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Lind comes to the Red Sox organization just days after being released from his minor league deal with the Yankees. It was with the Yankees organization that the 6-foot-2 Lind got in on 16 games for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he posted a .241 batting average with two homers and seven RBIs.
No stranger to the big leagues, Lind appeared in 116 games with the Nationals last season, posting 14 home runs, 59 RBIs, a .303 batting average, and .875 OPS. Lind was especially effective as a pinch-hitter last season, with a 16-for-44 (.364 average) mark to go with four home runs and 13 RBIs. That tied Lind with the Rockies’ Pat Valaika for the most pinch-hit home runs in the bigs last season, and his .364 average was the best among players with at least 40 pinch-hitting at-bats.
Red Sox pinch hitters, meanwhile, are a woeful 1-for-20 this season.
But the Red Sox may be disappointed if they are looking for a legitimate Hanley replacement in Lind (especially if he’s platooned with Mitch Moreland at first base), as Lind is a career .214 hitter against left-handed pitching.
Overall, the Indiana-born lefty has appeared in 1,344 MLB games between the Blue Jays, Brewers, Mariners, and Nats in his 12-year MLB career, with 200 home runs and 723 RBIs. Considering his nine-year run with the Blue Jays, Lind is obviously no stranger to Fenway Park, with a .294 average with eight home runs and 31 runs knocked in in 56 career games in Boston.
The veteran Lind will report to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to NBC Sports Boston.
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