Our own Clint Manry went through a list of left-handed batters the Braves could bring in after it was revealed late last week that Yasiel Puig would not be signing with the team following a positive test for the coronavirus. While there weren’t many inspiring options, there was a familiar face that made sense — Matt Adams. And today, the Braves made it official, inking him to a minor league deal.
BREAKING: The #Braves signed Matt Adams to a minor-league deal
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Adams signed a minor league contract with the Mets this offseason after winning a World Series with the Nationals last year. However, the deal came with an opt-out clause that Adams chose to execute this weekend. Once that news was made public, along with Puig’s positive test results, a reunion between Adams and the Braves made too much sense.
In 2017, the Braves acquired Adams from the Cardinals, and he became a critical piece to their team while Freddie Freeman was out with an injury. He played so well that Freeman even moved to third base when he returned to give the team the best possible offense. In 100 games for the Braves that year, Adams hit 19 home runs.
The 6’3″, 245-pound first baseman hasn’t been as effective — as far as average goes — over the past two seasons, but he still brings the pop, tallying at least 20 homers in each of the last three seasons. With the DH making its way to the National League this year, Adams is a worthwhile addition. He can serve as a game-changing bat off the bench and also a DH against right-handed pitching.
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