The Washington Nationals and first baseman Matt Adams have agreed on a one-year, $4 million deal with $500,000 in performance bonuses, reports MLB.com’s Jamal Collier; the Nationals announced the signing one week ago on Friday.
Adams, 29, split this past season with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, hitting .274/.319/.522 in 339 at-bats (291 with Braves) with a career-high 20 homers (19 with Braves). He also drove in 65 runs, the second highest total of his career.
The 6’3” first baseman had been a member of the Cardinals each season since making his Major League debut in 2012 prior to being traded to the Braves in May.
Nicknamed “Big City”, the 6’3”, 260-pound Adams is known for his ability to hit tape-measure home runs, particularly against right-handed pitching. Collier reports that Adams’s career OPS is significantly higher against righties (.828) than it is against lefties (.593).
It’s expected that Adams will serve as a back-up first baseman to Ryan Zimmerman, as well as a much needed left-handed slugger off the bench against right-handers. To put his pinch-hitting in perspective, per Collier, Adams is a career .315/.342/.555 hitter with nine homers in 155 plate appearances.
Adams can also play in the outfield if needed as well. Prior to 2017, Adams had never played a position in the field other than first base; he appeared in 19 games in left field this past season.
Considering the cost and what Adams brings to the table, this is a very good signing for the Nationals.
Overall in his career, Adams is a .271/.315/.469 hitter with 75 homers and 275 RBIs in 1,720 at-bats.