As is the case after the end of every World Series, Major League Baseball released a list of players who officially became free agents Thursday. There were 149 of them as of midday. The Nationals had 11, most of any team. By late afternoon, that number had grown to 12. The team announced that its mutual option with Adam Lind — $5 million for 2018 — was declined, though it was not immediately clear who declined it. After a down year in 2016, Lind struggled to find a job for 2017, and signed with the Nationals for $1 million after spring training began. But after hitting .303 with an .875 OPS in 116 games, Lind seems likely to find a more stable job on the free agent market and will now have the chance to pursue it. Lind joins Jayson Werth, Howie Kendrick, Brandon Kintzler, Jose Lobaton and Stephen Drew as key bench pieces who now have the chance to sign elsewhere. Relievers Matt Albers, Joe Blanton and Oliver Perez are also free agents, along with Ryan Raburn and Alejandro De Aza.
Adam Lind the latest addition to list of Nationals’ free agents
Washington Post | Nov 2