Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners is a daily series in which we’ll examine one player every day, 30 total, in the lead-up to Opening Day. We’ll explain their role on the field, what they’re like off of it and provide highlights and photos. On deck tomorrow: Wade Miley.
Jerry Dipoto had his eye on first baseman Adam Lind for a while. While he was acquired at the Winter Meetings in December from the Brewers for three minor leaguers, Dipoto’s talks with Milwaukee about him began well before that.
Joining the Hot Stove show in December, Dipoto said he’d looked into trading for Lind in May and June while he was still general manager for the Angels. And then, when David Stearns took over as general manager in Milwaukee, Dipoto gave him a call—and it wasn’t all pleasantries.
“[I] connected with David, congratulated him on his first opportunity as a general manager and told him, ‘if you’re interested in moving Adam Lind, we’re going to be a fit for you.'”
Lind takes over at first base for Mark Trumbo, who departed to Baltimore via trade. Dipoto said that, at the time of that trade, the Mariners were “in the red zone” on swinging a deal for Lind.
“We just felt like it was a better fit for the ballpark, it was a better fit for the team and it was a way to stretch that lineup out with more of an on-base presence without giving up a great deal of power,” he said.
When you look at the two elements Dipoto notes there, getting on base and supplying power, Lind is superb performing in the role he’s expected to have, primarily facing right-handed pitching.
Over the past three years, Adam Lind is the 11th-best hitter in baseball against righties by OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) at .912. He’s one spot behind Jose Abreu and one spot ahead of Andrew McCutchen. He joins Canó and Nelson Cruz in the top 25.
“Obviously, Adam Lind is dominant against right-handed pitching. We knew that when we acquired him,” said manager Scott Servais over the winter. “In a perfect world, you’re giving him a day off here or there against a tough lefty.”
That seems to be the plan, as the competition is on for the right-handed half of what will likely be a first-base platoon, with Dae-Ho Lee, Jesus Montero and Stefen Romero vying for that spot here in Spring Training.
But so far, Lind is just handling his business here in Cactus League play, swatting three doubles in the early going.
Off the Field
Adam Lind is a native of Indiana, born in Muncie and graduating from Highland High School. He went on to attend the University of South Alabama.
Lind is a big supporter of the Special Olympics, having donated time and money in backing both Special Olympics Toronto and Special Olympics Indiana.
For fun, he does enjoy the activity most baseball players do, that being golfing. But he’s also a bit of a renaissance man, enjoying some cooking and wine as well.
More in the Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners series
- Norichika Aoki
- Luis Sardinas
- Chris Taylor
- Boog Powell
- Nathan Karns
- Vidal Nuno
- Justin De Fratus
- Mike Zunino
- Steve Clevenger
- On deck: Wade Miley
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