The Blue Jays and outfielder Adam Lind have agreed to a four year extension worth 18 million dollars guaranteed, according to MLB.com. The deal includes three club options that would keep Lind with the team through 2016, making his deal a seven year deal worth 38.5 million dollars.
Building a solid core group of talent is key for the Blue Jay, who are looking for ways to entice free agents to come to Toronto.
"Hopefully it will entice other players, other free agents or some of the players we have on the roster, to sign long-term here and continue to build a winner."
Lind will make 400,000 dollars this season, but from 2011-2013 he will make five million dollars, which covers all his arbitration years.
Following the 2013 season, the Blue Jays can either excercise a $7 million club option for the '14 campaign or buy out Lind's contract for $2 million. The deal includes a $7.5 million club option or a $1 million buyout clause for '15 and then an $8 million club option or a $500,000 buyout for the 2016 season. Toronto will make a decision on the club options on a yearly basis after 2013.
Lind hit .305 with 35 home runs and a .370 on-base percentage last season in 151 games.