The Brewers have acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Blue Jays, according to a major-league source. According to Andrew Walker of Sportsnet 590, the Jays will acquire right-hander Marco Estrada from Milwaukee in the deal. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca was first to report that the sides were nearing a deal.
Lind, 31, had his option exercised by the Blue Jays on Saturday before the deal, and will make $7.5 million with Milwaukee next season. He fills a first base position that is currently vacant due to the departures of Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay, and makes it very unlikely that the team pursues a free agent like Adam LaRoche at the position.
In 96 games for the Jays last season, Lind hit .321/.381/.479 with six home runs and 40 RBI. He is a lifetime .273/.327/.466 hitter with 146 home runs, and has spent his entire career with Toronto since breaking into the majors in 2006.
Estrada, 31, was 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 39 games (18 starts) for Milwaukee last season. He is a fringe-starter who could provide rotation depth next season for Toronto or work as a long man out of the bullpen. Estrada is arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter, meaning that he will become a free agent after the season.