Braves acquire Matt Adams in trade with Cardinals


Matt Adams heads to Atlanta, as the Braves acquire a first baseman.

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman was traded - along with cash - to the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder Juan Yepez, a 19-year-old prospect who's now hitting.275 in Class A ball.

The Cardinals received minor-league infielder Juan Yepez.

Atlanta has been looking for a long-term solution at first base in the wake of losing Freddie Freeman for 10 weeks to a broken wrist.

The Braves are now in second place in the NL East with a 17-22 overall record. "He will help us even when Freddie Freeman comes back to the Braves". Although some expected his power numbers to be a bit higher, Adams slashed.287/.327/.474 (121 OPS+) while averaging 16 home runs between 2013-14. Though, his playing time has taken a hit in 2017. He was batting.241 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 25 games for the Cardinals before being placed on the disabled list on May 4th. Since then, however, he's hit.250/.302/.433 (a 96 OPS+) with 22 home runs in 566 plate appearances.

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It's worth noting Adams won't be a free agent until after the 2018 season. "He's a good bat off the bench". The 19-year-old Venezuelan is hitting.281 with six homers and 54 RBIs in 120 career games with three minor league affiliates since the start of the 2015 season.

The 28-year-old Adams made his major league debut with St. Louis in 2012.

Though Adams clearly fits in as a nice temporary replacement, Freeman is one of the best first basemen in the game and can obviously be expected to reclaim the position upon his return.

However, in Freeman's absence, Adams will have an opportunity to once again show what he can do in an everyday role. Atlanta traded for Cardinals slugger Matt Adams Saturday afternoon.