Brewers pick up 2016 option on Lind
The Brewers will be bringing back one of their best hitters from 2015, as they have exercised an $8 million contract option for 2016 on first baseman Adam Lind.
Lind, acquired from Toronto in an offseason trade for Marco Estrada, became a fixture in the middle of the Brewers order, batting. 277 with 20 home runs and 87 RBI. First base had been an especially problematic position for the Brewers since the departure of Prince Fielder after the 2011 season, but Lind became the Brewers most consistent performer at the position since Fielder left. The lefty played in 149 games last season.
Lind is 32 and will continue to provide a middle-of-the-order bat for the rebuilding Brewers, who might end up choosing to trade Lind at next year's trade deadline if they can get a strong return, much like the franchise did this past July in the trades of Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers, Gerardo Parra and Aramis Ramirez.