- The Washington Times - Monday, February 13, 2017

With one day until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the Washington Nationals have made a late addition to their bench.

The Nationals reportedly agreed to a major-league deal with first baseman/outfielder Adam Lind on Monday. ESPN’s Jim Bowden first reported the deal. The deal is pending a physical.

Lind, 33, hit .239 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 126 games last season with the Seattle Mariners. The lefty hit 19 of those 20 home runs against right-handed pitching. 

Over his 11-year major league career, Lind has 186 home runs with 664 RBI and a .271 batting average. He has averaged 25 home runs and 88 RBI each year over that span.

Lind was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2004 amateur draft and made his major league debut in 2006 at 22. He spent parts of nine seasons with the Blue Jays before spending 2015 in Milwaukee and 2016 in Toronto.

Lind is expected to provide bench depth, serve as a late inning left-handed pinch hitter and will be a left-handed complement to Ryan Zimmerman at first base. He could also spell Jayson Werth against lefties. Lind could block Clint Robinson’s chances to return to the Nationals for a third season as a first base and pinch-hitting option. While he has experience as an outfielder, Lind hasn’t roamed there since 2010 with most of his time spent at first base and designated hitter.

Pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday for the start of spring training. First workout for pitchers and catchers is on Thursday. Full squad reports on Friday with first full workout on Sunday.

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