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Brewers acquire first baseman Lind from Jays

The Brewers have acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Blue Jays for right-hander Marco Estrada, after Toronto picked up Lind’s $7.5 million option for 2015.

Only two Major League clubs got a lower OPS from their first basemen in 2014 than the Brewers, who split at-bats between veterans Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay. The 31-year-old Lind could present an upgrade after hitting .321/.381/.479 with six home runs and 40 RBIs for Toronto this year, though he spent time on the disabled list with back and foot injuries. In nine big league seasons, Lind owns an .860 OPS against right-handed pitchers and a .588 mark against lefties, making him a candidate for a platoon.

Estrada split time between the rotation and the bullpen in ’14, going 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 39 games, including 18 starts. In 150 2/3 innings, he served up an MLB-high 29 home runs while striking out 127 and walking 44. The 31-year-old had posted a 3.75 ERA in 50 games (44 starts) over the previous two seasons for Milwaukee.

The Jays also made several other moves, most notably extending a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Melky Cabrera. If the outfielder declines the offer and signs with another team, Toronto will receive Draft pick compensation.

In addition, the club picked up options of $6.7 million on left-hander J.A. Happ and $1.75 million on catcher Josh Thole while declining options on right-handers Dustin McGowan, Brandon Morrow and Sergio Santos. Those three are now free agents. First baseman Justin Smoak, recently acquired on waivers from Seattle, also had his option declined but remains under team control and is eligible for arbitration.

Finally, the Jays reinstated third baseman Brett Lawrie, infielder Maicer Izturis, right-hander Chad Jenkins and outfielder Andy Dirks from the 60-day disabled list, filling up the club’s 40-man roster.

– Andrew Simon

Indians searching for outfield help

Cleveland’s need for outfield assistance is clear. On Thursday, center fielder Grady Sizemore underwent surgery to correct a sports hernia — an operation initially planned for the offseason — meaning he will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Sizemore injured his right knee on Sunday (the same knee he hurt in May) and was going to probably need at least a month to recover. Under the circumstances, the Indians felt it made sense to tackle both issues — rest for the knee and surgery for the hernia — right now.

Unfortunately for the Tribe, that leaves the outfield short Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo (broken left thumb) until late August or early September, if their respective rehabs go well. Over the past two games, Cleveland was also missing Michael Brantley and Travis Buck due to health issues, exposing the club’s depth (or lack thereof).

Naturally, the Indians are being mentioned in a variety of trade rumors and reports for outfielders. Cleveland has been tied to outfielders such as Josh Willingham, Ryan Ludwick and Coco Crisp. Jeff Francoeur and Melky Cabrera also would make sense as targets. Carlos Beltran and Hunter Pence seem unrealistic.

The Indians are open minded about pursuing a right-handed or left-handed bat, but the organization does not plan on parting with top core prospects for a perceived “rental” player. Such prospects that appear to be off limits include lefty Drew Pomeranz, righty Alex White, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and second baseman Jason Kipnis.

The outfield is the most glaring area of need, but the Indians have also explored available options to boost their rotation as well.

–Jordan Bastian

Roundup: Reds locking up their players

The Reds haven’t brought in much outside help this offseason, but they’ve still been among the busiest teams in baseball. Their mission is keeping guys in-house. The club had already inked starter Bronson Arroyo to a three-year, $35 million extension. Then, late Thursday night, the club agreed on a six-year, $51 million contract with Jay Bruce, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.

Now, they’re apparently turning their attention to Joey Votto and Johnny Cueto.

The Reds have been wanting to sign Votto, the reigning National League MVP, to some sort of extension, but ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick believes it won’t be for the six years that Bruce got. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have also had preliminary discussions with Cueto about a long-term deal.

Here’s more from around the league on Friday …

* All was quiet on the Cliff Lee front as of Friday afternoon. The Rangers on Thursday presented Lee with a wide array of complex offers, and now, they wait. The Yankees had recently upped their proposal to seven years, but good friend CC Sabathia will give Lee his space, too. Is the ballyhooed left-hander agonizing over his decision right now? C.J. Wilson doesn’t think so. He thinks Lee is deer hunting.

* Young, non-tendered catcher Russell Martin could be close to making his decision. The Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays have been reported to have serious interest, with New York taking “an aggressive approach,” ESPN.com’s Buster Olney wrote via Twitter. He is said to be deciding between those three American League East teams.

* The Orioles made potential closer Kevin Gregg a two-year offer worth $8 to $10 million, according to the Baltimore Sun. Gregg seems to be negotiating with several teams right now. The question is whether the O’s would give him a chance to be their ninth-inning man.

* A few signings made today: The Royals got Melky Cabrera to be their center fielder; the Orioles resigned veteran infielder Cesar Izturis; the Brewers picked up catcher Wil Nieves; and the Braves officially signed lefty reliever George Sherrill.

* According to Olney, Jorge Cantu is one of the first basemen “seriously being considered” by the Diamondbacks. Cantu was a solid run-producer in the middle of the Marlins’ lineup the last two-plus years, but struggled while playing sparingly with the Rangers towards the end of the 2010 season.

– Alden Gonzalez 

Cabrera signs with Royals

It’s official – Melky Cabrera is part of the Royals’ outfield.

The Royals confirmed the signing of the free agent from the Atlanta Braves to a one-year contract on Friday morning, pending a physical examination. A report the two sides were close emerged on Thursday, the last day of the Winter Meetings.

This development comes two days after the Royals signed right-handed-hitting Jeff Francoeur, who started his career with the Braves. Francoeur will play right field.

Cabrera last season hit .255 with four homers and 42 RBIs in 147 games. That was his only season with the Braves who released him on Oct. 18.

A switch-hitter who could play center field or left, he previously had some productive years with the New York Yankees, batting .269 in five seasons with 36 homers and 228 RBIs. He was traded to the Braves after the 2009 season.

Cabrera could figure as the right-handed half of a platoon arrangement in left field with Alex Gordon. In his career, Cabrera has hit .251 from the right side in his career but has done better from the left side at .273.

Cabrera also might be in the battle for center field with Jarrod Dyson, Mitch Maier and Gregor Blanco.

–Dick Kaegel

Melky Cabrera reportedly close to Royals deal

The ex-Atlanta Braves just keep coming the Royals’ way, according to reports surfacing at the Winter Meetings.

The Royals were reported close to terms with outfielder Melky Cabrera on Thursday, the day after signing outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

Cabrera, according to published reports, would receive a one-year deal worth $1.25 million plus $250,000 in incentives pending passing a physical. The report surfaced on Major League Baseball Trade Rumors early on Thursday.

Cabrera would be taking a pay cut from the $3.1 million he earned last year with the Braves when he hit just .255 with four homers and 42 RBIs in 147 games. A switch-hitter who could play center field or left, he previously had some productive years with the New York Yankees.

The report originated with Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sport and Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.

Dick Kaegel.

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