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Matt Adams | Outfielder | #32

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/31/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 260
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Slippery Rock
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 23 (0) / STL
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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated Monday that Matt Adams is unlikely to play left field anymore.
He probably never would've played the position in the first place if the decision were solely Mozeliak's, but manager Mike Matheny seemed convinced Adams' bat would make up for any defensive deficiencies in left. But, Adams has hit a lowly .174/.269/.174 so far while looking predictably lost in the outfield. St. Louis is likely going to sink or swim with Randal Grichuk in left field. Apr 17 - 5:55 PM

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Making his first ever start in left field, Matt Adams had an RBI single, two strikeouts and one rather hideous misplay Thursday against the Cubs.

It wasn't an error because Adams didn't get a glove on a ball that any regular outfielder would have. But that's not Adams' fault... he's not really built for left field. The Cardinals just don't have any first base at-bats available for him, so they started working him out in left during the spring. He started today because Stephen Piscotty was being rested after Wednesday's beating.
Apr 6 - 5:23 PM

Matt Adams went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer Tuesday as the Cardinals and Mets played to a 3-3 tie.

Even though he's fanned 19 times in 47 at-bats, Adams has hit .340 with five homers this spring. The Cardinals seem to think he'll be usable in left field, but it's hard to imagine him outhitting Randall Grichuk enough to make up for what should be a pretty huge difference defensively. Grichuk projects as the better hitter anyway; he has a .797 to .770 edge when it comes to their career OPSs.
Mar 28 - 4:38 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny hinted that Matt Adams could see his first action in the outfield on Wednesday.

The slimmed-down Adams has been practicing in the outfield of late in an effort to test his versatility. As of now, he's behind Matt Carpenter on the depth chart at first base. It wouldn't hurt to give him a look.
Mar 22 - 11:14 AM

Matt Adams went 2-for-3 and homered Sunday against the Braves.

Adams has been getting some practice work in the outfield of late, but he's yet to play there in a Grapefruit League game. It doesn't seem likely that he'll see any meaningful action there during the regular season, but it'd be handy to have him as an option. He must be working on his mobility, since he stole a base in today's game (he has four steals in 455 regular-season games).
Mar 19 - 4:33 PM

Matt Adams will play left field in a minor league game on Saturday.

The club is looking to make Adams more versatile, as Matt Carpenter is locked in as their everyday first baseman. If he can prove to at least play a passable left field, it could open up a few more at-bats for the 28-year-old slugger.
Mar 18 - 10:20 AM

Matt Adams homered, doubled and walked Sunday as the Cardinals and Marlins played to a 9-9 tie.

It'd be best for Adams' career if he could entice someone to trade for him this spring, and he's helped his chances by starting off 8-for-27 with three homers. Still, there just hasn't been much of a market for first basemen lately. Assuming that Adams sticks around St. Louis, he'll play behind Matt Carpenter at first base.
Mar 12 - 5:29 PM

Matt Adams went 1-for-2 and hit a solo home run against the Braves in Saturday's tie game.

It was his second round-tripper of the spring. Adams sits behind Matt Carpenter on the Cardinals' depth chart at first base heading into the regular season. He hit 16 home runs with a .249 batting average in 118 games last year.
Mar 11 - 4:57 PM

Cardinals and 1B Matt Adams avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

Adams earned $1.65 million in 2016 while batting .249/.309/.471 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI in 118 games. The first baseman is slated for a bench role this year with the Cardinals, unless a trade partner can be found. Kansas City had expressed some interest earlier this offseason, but that's probably no longer a fit.
Jan 12 - 3:54 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Royals "had been engaged in preliminary talks" with the Cardinals about a Matt Adams trade.

But those talks might be finished now that Kansas City has acquired slugger Peter O'Brien in a waiver trade from the Diamondbacks. Adams is positioned for a backup role with the Cardinals in 2017 after batting .249/.309/.471 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI over 118 games last year. St. Louis will probably remain in listening mode on the 28-year-old first baseman for the remainder of the offseason. And into the spring and summer.
Jan 3 - 6:15 PM

Matt Adams revealed in an interview Monday that he's lost 25 pounds so far this offseason.

Adams is currently in line for a backup job with the Cardinals going into 2017, although the club is reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for him. A trade would certainly be in his best interest for fantasy purposes, and it appears the 28-year-old has been extra motivated in his offseason workouts. Adams is a career .270/.314/.455 hitter with a OPS+ of 109.
Jan 2 - 5:05 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Cardinals are "in listening mode" on first baseman Matt Adams.

There's talk of the Cardinals trying to acquire one of the remaining sluggers on the free agent market to play first base -- like Edwin Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo. If that doesn't happen, Matt Carpenter will shift from third base to first base in 2017. All of which points to Adams being fully expendable. The big 28-year-old is eligible for salary arbitration for the second time this offseason after batting .249/.309/.471 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI over 118 games for St. Louis in 2016.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 04:01:00 PM

Matt Adams hit his 15th home run of the season and scored twice in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Adams took Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa, a lefty, out to right for a solo shot in the second inning, the third homer he's hit off a southpaw this season. That's noteworthy after Adams had just six homers against lefties in the first three-plus seasons of his big league career. Adams now has 50 RBI and 35 runs scored to go with those 15 homers. He's hitting .247/.306/.463 in 108 games.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:40:00 AM

Matt Adams (wrist) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night in Colorado.

Adams missed a couple of games with a jammed left wrist. The big 28-year-old will start at first base and bat sixth versus Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:23:00 PM

Matt Adams left Saturday's game against the Giants with a jammed left wrist.

Apparently he hurt himself sliding into second base in the second inning, though he didn't exit until the sixth. His injury sounds pretty minor and the Cardinals have already said that Adams should be available for Sunday's series finale. Jedd Gyorko took over for him at first base.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 11:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6John Gant
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Zach Duke