Details are starting to come out pertaining to Adam Lind's shiny new contract with the Blue Jays, and Jordan Bastian provides everything we need:
Lind will earn $400K this year with a $600K bonus. Will earn $5m in each of 2011-13 seasons. $2m buyout for '14 makes it $18m guaranteed.
Lind's contract: 2014 - $7 mil or $2 mil buyout, 2015 - $7.5 mil or $1 mil buyout, 2016 - $8 mil or $500K buyout
If the Jays picked up all three club options, Lind's deal would be worth a total of $38.5 million over seven years.
The $5m a year from 2011 through 2013 is unusual, as most players will see pay raises throughout their arbitration years. In addition, the options are quite reasonable for a player signed after a 35-homer season, and they hint at both Toronto's concern that Lind may have overachieved a little bit in 2009, and Lind's readiness to remain with the organization for a long time.
Adam Lind will be a Blue Jay for between four to seven years and $18-38.5m. It's a good deal for a franchise that needs some good deals, and it's a good deal for a player who went through a lot before finally establishing himself as a big league bat.