The Braves have been scrambling to find options to replace their injured star Freddie Freeman. They signed free-agent James Loney to a minor league deal. Loney hit .265 with 9 home runs in 100 games with the Mets last season. But Loney may never get a chance to play, as the Braves dealt 19-year old infield prospect Juan Yepez for Matt Adams from the Cardinals.
Matt Adams is a hulking 6’3″, 260-pound left-handed first baseman that is in the league for one reason: To hit. Adams can crank the ball, but the Cardinals had no where to put him in the field, so he was delegated to pinch hitting duties. With Freeman out, Adams can immediately step in as the every day first baseman in the middle of the Braves lineup.
The move should provide enough offense to keep the Braves afloat while Freeman is sidelined, but will also pay dividends once Freeman returns. The Braves have one of the worst benches in baseball, and feature zero power bats available to pinch hit. Adams went 12 for 37 (.324) with 3 homers and 13 RBIs as a pinch hitter last season with the Cardinals. He is known for coming through in the clutch and will undoubtedly leave his fingerprint on this young ball club.