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Matt Adams | First Baseman | #18

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/31/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 245
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Slippery Rock
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 23 (0) / STL
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Nationals signed 1B Matt Adams to a one-year, $4 million contract.
The deal was reported earlier this week and has now been officially announced. Adams batted .274/.319/.522 batting line with 20 home runs and 65 RBI over 367 plate appearances for the Cardinals and Braves this past season. He'll offer some pop off the bench and protection at first base for Ryan Zimmerman, who was healthy in 2017 but has a lengthy injury history. Fri, Dec 22, 2017 02:12:00 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the Nationals have signed Matt Adams to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Adams can earn another $500,000 through performance-based incentives. The 29-year-old will operate as a left-handed bench bat in Washington and a backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Adams posted a .274/.319/.522 batting line with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 131 games this past season between the Braves and Cardinals, faring especially well against right-handed pitching. He was non-tendered by Atlanta on December 1.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:49:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Nationals are close to finalizing a one-year deal with free agent Matt Adams.

Sherman says it'll carry a $4 million guarantee with another $500,000 available through performance-based incentives. Adams will serve as a left-handed bench bat and backup first baseman in Washington, similar to the role Adam Lind filled in 2017. The 29-year-old hit .274/.319/.522 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 131 games this past season between the Braves and Cardinals. He had an .896 OPS against right-handed pitchers.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals are in "serious discussions" with free agent Matt Adams.

Adams fits the Nationals' desire for a left-handed bench bat and backup first baseman -- very much in the Adam Lind mold. The 29-year-old batted .274/.319/.522 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 131 games this past season between the Braves and Cardinals and he especially excelled against right-handed pitching. It sounds like this could come together pretty quickly.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:54:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Nationals "continue to express interest" in free agent first baseman Matt Adams.

Crasnick says the Nats are viewing him as a lefty bench bat who could reprise Adam Lind's role from last season. Adams was non-tendered by the Braves on December 1 after batting .274/.319/.522 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 131 games between Atlanta and St. Louis in 2017. He had an .896 OPS versus right-handed pitching. There's also said to be interest from the Indians and Royals.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 09:45:00 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Indians, Royals, and Nationals have inquired on free agent Matt Adams.

The Nationals see Adams more as a bench bat while the Indians are looking at him as a fallback if they are unable to retain free agent Carlos Santana. The 29-year-old was recently non-tendered by the Braves after batting .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 131 games between the Cardinals and Braves in 2017.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Braves non-tendered 1B Matt Adams.

The Braves tried to shop him around the league prior to Friday's deadline but couldn't find any takers. Adams filled in well while Freddie Freeman recovered from a broken hand but the Braves don't have a place for the defensively-challenged veteran to play heading into the new season. He hit .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 131 games between the Cardinals and Braves this year. He was projected to make $4.6 million via arbitration and the Braves decided that money would be better spent elsewhere.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 08:46:00 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Braves "have had no movement" on a potential trade of Matt Adams.

Adams is a non-tender candidate but the Braves are shopping him around first. Feinsand's source says it's "too hard to tell at this point" whether the first baseman gets traded, non-tendered or even kept by Atlanta. Adams is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $4.6 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 04:24:00 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Braves are shopping Matt Adams to other teams in advance of Friday's non-tender deadline.

It's no surprise, as Adams doesn't fit with the Braves with Freddie Freeman at first base. The 29-year-old struggled with limited exposure in the outfield. The Braves could find a market for him after he batted .274 with 20 homers and an .841 OPS over 131 games this past season. He made $2.8 million in 2017 and is under team control for one more year. Olney speculates on the Indians as a potential fit.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Matt Adams (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Mets.

Adams is currently limited to pinch-hitting duties because of a lingering right hamstring injury and he probably won't see another start before the conclusion of the season. The 29-year-old is under the Braves' control for 2018 via salary arbitration. He impressed in Atlanta while healthy, putting up an .857 OPS with 19 home runs and 57 RBI in 98 games.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 08:53:00 AM

Matt Adams (hamstring) flied out as a pinch-hitter Tuesday night against the Mets.

Adams may be limited to pinch-hitting duties the rest of the way because of a lingering right hamstring injury. He's slashing .274/.319/.524 with 20 home runs and 64 RBI in 128 games this year between the Cardinals and Braves.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 08:54:00 AM

Matt Adams (hamstring) is currently limited to pinch-hitting duties.

Adams tweaked his right hamstring 16 days ago and he's still working through some discomfort. He might not get another start before the end of the regular season. Adams, 28, is arbitration-eligible this winter.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 04:27:00 PM

Matt Adams (hamstring) is once again out of the Braves' starting lineup Wednesday against the Nationals.

Adams hasn't played since being removed from Sunday's series finale against the Marlins with cramping in his right hamstirng. Freddie Freeman will play first base for the Braves on Wednesday, and Rio Ruiz is starting at third.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 04:34:00 PM

Matt Adams (hamstring) is out of the Braves' starting lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.

Adams was removed from Sunday's series finale against the Marlins after experiencing cramping in his right hamstring. It's unclear whether he is available to pinch-hit Tuesday night at Nationals Park.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 07:08:00 PM

Matt Adams was removed from Sunday's game due to cramping in his right hamstring.

The injury is considered minor and the Braves are hopeful that he'll be able to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 06:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5A.J. Cole
6Erick Fedde
7Jefry Rodriguez
8Joe Ross
9Edwin Jackson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Enny Romero
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Austin Adams
10Wander Suero
11David Goforth
12Tim Collins
13Chris Smith