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Matt Adams | First Baseman | #15

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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Matt Adams blasted his second home run of the year Wednesday in the Nationals’ loss to the Braves.
Adams knotted the game at two by drilling a solo home run off closer Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth. That was his only hit of the afternoon, though he did reach on a walk in the second inning. Adams has mostly been limited to pinch-hitting this year, though he could see more time at first base if Ryan Zimmerman’s early struggles persist. Apr 11 - 6:14 PM

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Matt Adams went 3-for-4 and scored a run in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

All three hits were singles as he boosted his spring line to .318/.333/.455 in 15 games. There is no question Adams is a good hitter, but his lack of defensive skill has prevented him from being an everyday player most of his career and this year is no exception. He is expected to back up Ryan Zimmerman at first base and offer some power off the bench.
Mar 24 - 5:23 PM

Matt Adams hit a two-run homer Thursday in the Nationals' 8-5 victory over the Mets.

Adams is 6-for-14 with three extra-base hits. He's the Nationals' replacement for Adam Lind this year; he'll pinch-hit and occasionally spell Ryan Zimmerman at first base.
Mar 8 - 5:18 PM

Matt Adams (foot) is due back in the Nationals' Grapefruit League lineup on Friday or Saturday.

Adams has been recovering from a blister on his right foot. The 29-year-old projects to serve as an active backup at first base this season for the Nats.
Mar 1 - 11:02 AM

Matt Adams (foot) is expected to miss at least a couple of days.

Adams was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a blister on his right foot, but it shouldn't be a long-term issue. Look for him to return to Grapefruit League action by the end of the week.
Feb 27 - 3:59 PM

Matt Adams was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a foot blister.

It sounds like a day-to-day situation. Adams inked a one-year, $4 million deal with the Nats over the winter and will serve as a left-handed bat off the bench and backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base.
Feb 27 - 10:38 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Adam Eaton
2Moises Sierra
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Carlos Torres