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The Toronto Blue Jays moved out a player who has been part of the organization since being drafted in 2004, getting a pitcher, and some roster flexibility, in return. Numbers Game breaks down the deal sending Adam Lind to Milwaukee. The Brewers Get: 1B/LF Adam Lind. Lind, 31, has been a productive power hitter, slugging more than 20 home runs four times in his career, but is coming off a season in which he was hitting for doubles power, hitting just six home runs in 96 games, yet hitting a career-high .321, with an .860 OPS that was his highest since 2009. Hes a crusher against right-handed pitching, hitting .293 with an .860 OPS for his career, but not nearly as capable when facing southpaws (.212 average, .588 OPS). That split does suggest that Lind is best suited as a platoon player, but the Brewers had Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay at first base last year and neither is under contract for 2015, so there is room for Lind in the Milwaukee lineup. That Lind is a subpar fielder is all the more reason for the Brewers to have another option available to support Lind at first. Linds contract has team options for $7.5-million in 2015 and $8-million for 2016, entirely reasonable for a productive offensive player, even if hes not ideally suited to a full-time role. Platooning against right-handers is still good for about three-quarters of the at-bats. The Blue Jays Get: RHP Marco Estrada. Estrada is a 31-year-old who surrendered a major-league leading 29 home runs last season, leaving him with a 4.88 ERA despite a 1.20 WHIP in 150 2/3 innings. He finished the year in the bullpen, and was lights-out in that role in September, not allowing a run and only six base-runners in 16 1/3 innings. That small-sample bullpen success might indicate a role in which Estrada can be effective for the Blue Jays, but his career numbers as a starter (4.20 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in 71 starts) are better than his career relief stats (4.29 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in 83 relief appearances), which probably leaves Estrada as something of a swingman for the Toronto pitching staff. Maybe sixth or seventh on the starter depth chart, capable of making spot starts if necessary, but likely not the ideal solution to any teams starting pitching woes. Estrada has lost some velocity and his average fastball is clocked at 89.0 MPH (per Fan Graphs), which poses problems -- thats the pitch that gets hit. He has increased the use of his change-up, which has been very effective the past couple seasons, but hell have to get his fastball back if hes going to be a contributor. Estrada earned $3,325,000 in 2014 and is arbitration eligible, so that price will likely go up but its likely to present a cost savings to the Blue Jays after they shed Linds salary. The Blue Jays will need to fill Linds at-bats, mostly at designated hitter, but that could allow 1B Edwin Encarnacion to get more rest and there is likely some hope that Toronto might be able to salvage value out of their recent waiver addition, 1B Justin Smoak, a 27-year-old switch-hitter who hasnt lived up to advance billing, hitting .224 with a .689 OPS in 566 career games. Verdict: Hard to imagine that Estrada, a homer-prone pitcher going to a hitter-friendly park, will provide more value for Toronto than Lind will in Milwaukee, but maybe added salary flexibility can come into play for Toronto in other offseason deals. Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca Vans Australia Sale . The team announced the moves before Sundays game against Houston. 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The Detroit Tigers closer blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning Wednesday night against the Dodgers.NEW YORK -- Frank Cashen, the general manager who wore a signature bow tie and fashioned a New York Mets team that rollicked its way to the 1986 World Series championship, died Monday. The team said he was 88. He died at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland, after a short illness, the Mets said. Cashen was a longtime sports writer in his Baltimore hometown and went to law school before joining the Orioles and eventually becoming their GM. The Orioles won two titles while Cashen worked for them, but it was in New York where he put his stamp on a franchise with the likes of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. Hired in 1980, Cashen transformed a last-place team into an outfit that became the most dominant force in baseball. Those Mets were brash and full of swagger, not at all like the personality of the man who built the club. Cashen made the trades that brought star first baseman Keith Hernandez and future Hall of Famer Gary Carter to the Mets, and oversaw the draft picks of Gooden and Strawberry. "Frank was our leader," Strawberry said in a statement. "I always admired the way he put together our team. He mixed young guys, like me and Doc, with guys like Carter and Hernandez. He was able to find the perfect blend to build a championship." Cashen also hired his former second baseman in Baltimore, Davey Johnson, to be the Mets manager. By the 1986, the Mets were ready to take over. They powered their way to 108 victories, won a tough playoff series with Houston and then rallied past Boston to win the World Series in seven games. "Frank was willing to take a chance and jump me from A-ball to the majors. That always meant a lot to me," Gooden said in a statement. "Also, he helped get me my No. 16. Lee Mazzilli had it before and Frank went to bat for me and said, If thats the number Doc wants, let him have it." Hernandez is now a broadcaster for the Mets. He was already a star first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals when Cashen acquired him in June 1983 in a one-sided deal, getting him for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. Before the Mets played at Atlanta on Monday night, Hernandez fondly remembered Cashen. "He was a man of integrity and honestly, and that was most important.dddddddddddd. He told you the truth," Hernandez said. "It was a day when the general managers didnt pal around with the players. We hardly ever saw him, but there was a relationship there. He was just a wonderful man." After winning the championship, however, the Mets werent able to sustain that peak performance. In the following years and Cashen traded away Lenny Dykstra, Ron Darling, Roger McDowell and other popular players. Cashen left the Mets after a fifth-place finish in 1991. He remained close to the team and was briefly the interim GM several years later. "Frank Cashen revitalized our franchise when he took over," Mets chairman Fred Wilpon said in a statement. "I dealt with Frank on a daily basis and he was a man of integrity and great passion." "No one had a more diverse career than Frank. He was also a lawyer, sports writer and marketing executive. His accomplishments will always be an integral part of our team history," he said. Cashen, who also worked as an executive in Major League Baseball, was inducted into the team Hall of Fame for both the Orioles and Mets. "Frank Cashen was one of the greatest executives in our game," Commissioner Bud Selig said. "A true gentleman who had many interests, Frank had a multifaceted career in baseball and beyond. He helped construct some of the best clubs that two of our franchises - his hometown Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets - have ever had." The Orioles said Cashen served the team during its "most successful on-field era." "It was during his tenure that the Orioles acquired Frank Robinson and named Earl Weaver manager, two of the most significant moments in club history," the club said. In recent years, Cashen spent his time in Easton and in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the Mets hold spring training. He was in camp with the Mets this year. "One of the great baseball people," Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday. Cashen is survived by wife Jean, seven children and nine grandchildren. ------ AP freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd in Atlanta contributed to this report. ' ' '

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