Comments on: Adam Lind Wouldn’t Help the Pirates Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:14:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tim Williams Sun, 20 May 2012 18:44:00 +0000 The trade value calculator just looks at the price per win and the salary and WAR of the player. It then looks at the value of the player based on those measures. (WAR * $5 M) – Salary = Yearly value.

I put 0.5 WAR for Lind since he’s only produced higher than that in one season, his fluke 2009 season.

As for Lind vs Hague, if you only look at homers, Lind wins. However, that’s all Lind has. I think Hague can hit for average, get on base, and play defense.

By: piratefan Sun, 20 May 2012 18:30:00 +0000 I haven’t been reading your site for a long time so am not sure what the trades value calculator is and how his best case scenario is a .5 WAR. I have a hard time believing he has NO chance of producing higher than that but I’m not sure I’m understanding that correctly.

Secondly, I have no clue how we can consider Adam Lind who has 109 career homers and three years of 20 plus as no better of an option than Matt Hague who has 9 career MLB at bats and his career high is 15 HR in AA. Sure he’s more of a contact hitter but we have the worst offense in baseball and our front office brought up Gorkys Hernandez instead of Hague.

Also, Lind is 3 years younger than Jones and has already accomplished WAY more than Jones at the ML level.

The money owed shouldn’t be a detractor either. We have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball despite a huge increase in ticket sales last year. We have been starving for a power hitter and a 1B for years and I hardly think 2 years/12 mil is breaking the bank. IMO he could be what Carlos Pena was to the Rays for the Bucs.

By: Thom Kay Sun, 20 May 2012 12:42:00 +0000 I wish you weren’t right, Tim, but you definitely are. No good reason to pick him up, no matter how badly we need offense.

Lind just doesn’t bring much. He was a true one year wonder and might not belong on a major league roster anymore, especially at that price.

By: Randy Linville Sun, 20 May 2012 11:53:00 +0000 I’m torn on this one. If he were to be picked up, Lind would automatically become the most proven power threat in the lineup – he’d be the only one on the roster with two seasons of 25+ HR in his career. That being said, he certainly seems to be on the decline (independent of his home runs, he scored 30 runs last year in over 500 plate appearances) and I have no faith that the Pirates organization is the type of place that can right whatever flaws he has in his swing or whatever bad habits he has picked up. So, I agree pass on him.