TORONTO - First things first: Adam Lind loves Toronto and wants to remain a Blue Jay.
But Lind's future isn't in his hands. With a club option worth $7-million for 2014, or a $2-million buyout should the Blue Jays choose to part ways with their long time first baseman/designated hitter, general manager Alex Anthopoulos has a decision to make.
Whatever happens, Lind hopes he finds out soon.
"I don't know the date when they have to tell me," Lind told TSN.ca. "Hopefully it's after the last day of the season or after that last game of the year because I don't really want to be in limbo until the World Series. I'd like to know but with all the number crunchers they have up there they may take their time."
Lind has enjoyed a stellar offensive season. With 19 home runs, he has a chance to surpass the third best output of his career - he hit 23 homers in 2010. If Lind goes on a tear, his second-highest number of home runs (26 in 2011) would be in jeopardy.
His OPS, a healthy .829, represents a significant increase over the last three seasons when it was no better than .734. Entering Tuesday's play, Lind had 46 walks, which already is the second-most he's had in a season (58 in 2009.)
"I don't think anyone, unless you're Miguel Cabrera, would say you're consistent for a whole season," said Lind. "It's hard to do with how many different types of ways the pitchers pitch the ball to stay comfortable and have your rhythm and timing over the course of an entire season. You go from Texas and they're throwing heaters and then we come back and face Colorado and they're throwing slop and it's hard to stay locked in. That's part of it and that's why management sticks with players, especially at the beginning of the season, with slow starts."
Lind has stayed off the disabled list this season - a stated goal back in spring training. He tweaked his historically-troubled back at Fenway Park on June 30 and missed two games before returning to face Detroit's Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander on back to back days.
"I've done a lot of maintenance to make sure it stays (healthy,)" said Lind. "I feel, I don't know if proud is the word, I feel happy especially with the way things have gone with this team this year. I don't think there's been too many, not including the bullpen, only me, Eddie, J.P. Buehrle and Dickey have been here since April 1."
There's a sense of unfinished business for Lind. He believes the club is capable of meeting expectations in 2014 and would like to continue in the only big league city he's ever known.
"I feel like I've been an important part of it more often than not through the course of the past six years," said Lind. "I've had some great experiences hitting behind Jose in his huge years; I've hit behind Eddie the past two years. Maybe I haven't produced as much as some would have liked but I've protected the best hitters in the game the last four years."
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN DISAPPOINTING JAYS AND ANGELS
The Blue Jays and Angels kicked off their three-game September series with identical records.
It was easy, at the start of the season, to anticipate the clubs meeting in Toronto with much on the line. Either could have, maybe should have, been division leaders or, at the least, battling each other for wild card positioning.
Instead, Toronto and Los Angeles were each 67-76.
"Two teams that didn't meet expectations, no doubt," said Mark DeRosa. "I think if you polled a lot of people they would have said this would probably be an ALCS or an ALDS match up, who knows? For whatever reason and we know, we've chronicled them all year; it hasn't gone according to plan."
Here's a big reason why neither team has succeeded: their respective starting rotations. The Blue Jays rank 29th (out of 30) in baseball with a 4.83 starters' ERA. The Angels aren't much better. Their 4.34 starters' ERA is ranked 23rd in the majors.
Colby Rasmus, who's been on the disabled list since August 11 with a strained left oblique, is back in Toronto and hopes to return to the lineup during this weekend's series against the Orioles.
"Feeling good," said Rasmus. "Just trying to go through getting back on this turf, taking some swings, like some full hacks. Down in Florida I wasn't able to really get into it, get after it so come up here to try to get some swings going on the field and running some balls down."
Rasmus arrives in time to see the Blue Jays play the Angels, for whom is brother, Cory, now plays. Colby doubled off of Cory on May 27 when Cory was pitching for Atlanta.
Cory was traded, by the Braves, to Los Angeles for former Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs on July 29.
"It kind of worked out funny for me to be here when he's here but that's just the way it worked out," said Colby Rasmus. "I didn't just try to come up here because he's here. I got to feeling good and it worked out to where I could."
The Blue Jays will play two spring time exhibition games in Montreal, March 28-29, against the New York Mets.
Maicer Izturis is the only current Blue Jay who played for the Expos (2004.)
Mark DeRosa goes back far enough to remember travelling to Olympic Stadium.
"I'd probably be the only guy who knows how to get the field, I know that," said DeRosa, who traveled often to Montreal while playing with the Braves in the early 2000s. "I think my one memory there would be the ball Vladimir Guerrero hit off Mike Hampton. He smacked it 502 (feet,) they estimated that. I think they put a sign up on one of the runners where he hit it. Probably one of the furthest balls I've ever seen in my life."