Milwaukee Brewers pick up 2016 option on Adam Lind

The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Tuesday that they have picked up their option for next season on first baseman Adam Lind. Lind will make $8-million in 2016.

The former Blue Jays seemed to be somewhat of a wild card when he was acquired from Toronto. But by all accounts he performed well with his new club in 2015, hitting .277 with 20 home runs and 87 RBIs. Lind was also mentioned as a midseason trade candidate, though the Brewers opted to hang onto him for the remainder of the season.

That being said, he’ll likely be on the trade market again this winter, as the Brewers try to continue their rebuild. Lind’s 2015 numbers combined with his affordable $8-million 2016 salary make him a very appealing option for clubs needing a first baseman, and he comes at likely a significantly cheaper price tag than top free agent bat Chris Davis. The open market offers few options beyond the Orioles slugger, so there will be sufficient interest in Lind for Milwaukee to turn him into a nice return.

The Orioles, Mariners, Red Sox, Astros, Rays and others could all have interest in Lind, who can handle left field in addition to first base. American League clubs that miss out on top bats like Davis, Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton could also look at Lind to play corner outfield or designated hitter.