Lind can look back on 2013 campaign with pride

Lind can look back on 2013 campaign with pride

TORONTO -- Adam Lind's stiff back wouldn't allow him to be in the starting lineup for Game 162, but he's more than happy with how his season unfolded.

Lind appeared in 142 games this season, the most since 2010. He hit .287 with 23 home runs and 67 RBIs, and he managed to stay in the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup all season while avoiding a stint on the disabled list.

"It's definitely a season, so far in my career, that I'll look back on as one of my better ones," Lind said. "I think I did pretty good. I almost hit .290, over 20 homers, I stayed in the middle of the lineup all year.

"No DL time, almost 140 games played. It was a pretty good, productive season."

It's been a turnaround for the 30-year-old, who last season found himself removed from the club's 40-man roster.

At the same time, his resurgence has given general manager Alex Anthopoulos a decision to make on Lind's $7 million club option for 2014.

Anthopoulos implied that he was likely to do so last week, but even so, it's not something keeping the Toronto first baseman up at night.

"I have no idea what's going to happen with that, but I know I've done well enough that I'll be employed somewhere," Lind said. "So my mind can ease a little bit."

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.