Ken Rosenthal reports that some agents are all up in arms about Adam Lind's latest 4-year $18 million dollar contract extension, arguing that Lind could have easily gotten that kind of money without the club options:
“Three club options? The union hates those deals and understandably so,” one agent said. “He should have gotten those numbers without the options. The arbitration process rewards offensive production, and this kid is going to produce.”Good for Lind's agent John Courtright on negotiating a deal that was best for the client, rather than gouging the Blue Jays for maximum dollars. Maybe Scott Boras could learn a lesson or two from Mr. Courtright.
Delving further into this topic, Rosenthal also shared a few more thoughts on the Lind contract:
"Adam Lind’s new deal with the Blue Jays is another example of the crashing market for designated hitters as teams place renewed emphasis on defense.Lind signed this extension when contracts for a DH are at an all time low, and most designated hitters are lucky to even squeak out a two-year contract.
At first glance, his four-year, $18 million contract looks extremely club-friendly, particularly since Lind granted the Jays club options on each of his first three free-agent years. Yet, when considering the harsh treatment of DH types in recent free-agent markets, the deal makes more sense.
The risk for Lind is that salaries will return to the point where top DHs command better money. The risk for the Jays is that Lind will get injured or decline."
If he is going to continue to be the starting DH, then the Blue Jays picked a very good time to sign Lind this contract while the market is still down. Chalk one for the good guys!