It was just a routine bouncer off the bat of rookie Eric Thames late in the first intrasquad game of the spring. New first baseman Adam Lind tentatively went to one knee to make the play. The ball came up a little, but Lind knocked it down, kept it in front of him and made the flip to Joel Carreno covering.

At this point in the defensive conversion of Lind, the former outfielder/DH, it's not a job, it's an adventure. If the Jays are going to succeed, the defence must come through and right now the Lind experiment is the biggest trickle-down issue on the minds of management.

"I think it's important," GM Alex Anthopoulos said. "But there are people that point to the Giants last year and say, 'Well, you know what, you don't have to have a great defensive team and still do it.' It depends on the makeup of your (pitching) staff — if you have a strikeout staff or a flyball staff, a groundout staff, things like that. We don't have a bunch of proven Gold Glove talent all over the infield and outfield. We think our defence is going to be solid and there's a chance for improvement."