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Brewers exercise team option on first baseman Adam Lind

Despite trade speculation throughout the 2015 season, Milwaukee will be bringing back Adam Lind next year.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers have exercised their team option for 2016 on first baseman Adam Lind, the team announced today:

Lind will make $8 million next season on what will be the final of three team options in the contract he signed with Toronto prior to the 2010 season. He made $7.5 million in 2015, his first season with the Brewers.

In 2015, Lind hit .277/.360/.460 with 20 home runs in 149 games, posting a career-high 3.1 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference. He has hit at least 20 home runs in every season in which he has played 100 games or more.

Lind was the subject of numerous trade rumors throughout the 2015 season and a rebuilding Brewers team may still be looking at him as more of a potential trade chip than an asset for 2016. His $8 million salary is something of a bargain given his 2015 production and consistency throughout his career, which could make him an interesting option for a contender looking for a first baseman or designated hitter.

Despite the fact that Milwaukee picked up his option, Lind will still be a name to watch this season, though now as part of a possible trade rather than as a free agent.