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Yankees sign Adam Lind to new minor-league deal

After releasing him in spring training, New York adds veteran 1B again.

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The Yankees have signed first baseman/corner outfielder Adam Lind to a new minor-league contract, a source confirmed to our MLB Insider Chris Cotillo.

Lind signed with New York at the beginning of spring training, but then was released 12 days later by the club. He only batted 3-for-15 with no extra-base hits during the spring and he was the odd man out as far as depth at first went after the club had planned to have Greg Bird start there and they signed Neil Walker, who has become their current starter after Bird had surgery on his right ankle that put him on the sidelines for 6-8 weeks.

The 34-year-old Lind had a productive year in 116 games with the Nationals last season, slashing .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, and 14 doubles. Lind made appearances at first base, left field, and designated hitter last year, and he also led the league with four pinch hit homers. The 12-year veteran has a career .272/.330/.445 slash line between four clubs. Lind spent the first eight-plus seasons of his career with the Blue Jays, but he has bounced around the league after that, playing on a different club in each season since 2015.

Lind will provide insurance in case anything happens to Walker, Bird or current backup first baseman Tyler Austin.