The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual 2018 option with first baseman/outfielder Adam Lind. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Lind, 33, owns a .271 batting average, .328 on-base percentage and .462 slugging percentage in a career that has spanned 11 major league seasons. The left-handed-hitting Lind has hit 20 or more home runs in six of the last eight seasons, including reaching the 20-homer mark in 2016 with the Seattle Mariners and in 2015 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Posting a .239 average with 17 doubles, 20 home runs, 58 RBIs and 48 runs scored in 126 games for the Mariners last season, Lind used cavernous Safeco Field to his advantage. He ranked ninth in Major League Baseball (among those with at least 200 plate appearances at home) in at-bats per home run at home (12.87/193 AB) with 15 of his 20 longballs coming in Seattle. Two of those 15 were of the walk-off variety, making him just the 14th player in Mariners history to record multiple walk-off home runs in a single season, and he became just the second player in major league history to club two walk-off homers with his team trailing by two runs or more in a single season (also David Ortiz, 2006).
With the Mariners in the American League wild card hunt, Lind finished the 2016 season strong. He hit safely in 13 of his final 15 games, posting a .315 average with three doubles, two home runs, six runs scored and six RBIs.
Lind’s track record is highlighted by his abilities against right-handed pitching. A career .287/.347/.502 hitter against righties, 33 of Lind’s 37 extra-base hits in 2016 came against right-handed hurlers (14 of 17 doubles, 19 of 20 home runs).
As a pinch-hitter, Lind has posted a .309 batting average in his career (29-for-94) with five pinch-hit home runs, six doubles, 13 walks, 22 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
A 2009 Silver Slugger at designated hitter, Lind spent the first nine years of his career as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Lind hit .273 while averaging 16 home runs, 22 doubles and 58 RBIs per year during his Blue Jays career.
With the addition of Lind, the Nationals’ 40-man roster is at 40.