Blue Jays trade Adam Lind to Milwaukee
Toronto receives right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada in deal
Adam Lind's decade-long run in Toronto came to an end Saturday as the Blue Jays picked up his 2015 contract option and promptly traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hander Marco Estrada.
Lind, who was drafted by the Blue Jays in the third of the 2004 draft, had a .321 average with six homers and 40 RBIs in 96 games last season.
Estrada, meanwhile, was 7-6 for the Brewers last season with a 4.36 earned-run average. The 31-year-old native of Sonora, Mexico appeared in 39 games and made 18 starts.
Lind's option was worth US$7.5 million. The Blue Jays also exercised contract options on left-hander J.A. Happ at $6.7 million and catcher Josh Thole at $1.75 million, the team said in a release.
In addition, outfielder Melky Cabrera was extended a qualifying offer at $15.3 million while options on right-handers Dustin McGowan, Brandon Morrow and Sergio Santos were declined, allowing them to elect free agency.
The contract option on first baseman Justin Smoak was also declined but he remains under team control and is arbitration eligible. In addition, third baseman Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C., infielder Maicer Izturis, right-hander Chad Jenkins and outfielder Andy Dirks were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and added to the 40-man roster.
Lind, a 31-year-old first baseman/designated hitter, has a .273 career average with 146 home runs and 519 RBIs over nine big-league seasons.
Estrada was drafted by Washington in the sixth round of the 2005 draft. In seven seasons with the Nationals and Brewers, he has a 23-26 record with a 4.23 ERA. He has made 74 starts over 154 career appearances.