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Nationals Sign Power-Hitting Lefty Matt Adams To One-Year Deal

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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.

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Mets’ Activate David Wright for Final Homestand

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright m who has not played in the majors since 2016 due to spinal stenosis along with neck and shoulder injuries, will be activated for the team’s final homestand of the season, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

“Physically, the way I feel right now, and from what the docs told me, there’s not going to be any improvement, So I don’t see [playing full time again] as a possibility” Wright said during the new conference, according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear if retirement will be the next step for Wright, but his time with the Mets as an everyday again is over.

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Dodgers Recall Julio Urias

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled left-hander Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, marking his first stint in the majors since he underwent shoulder surgery last June.

Urias was one of the major’s 10 best prospects prior to his debut back in 2016, and when he arrived in May of 2016 he posted an impressive 3.39 ERA over 77 innings with 84 strikeouts against only 31 walks, making many believe he would be a building block for the Dodgers’.

His shoulder surgery put everything on hold and will now look to recapture the magic that he flashed in 2016.

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Cardinals Activate Adam Wainwright, Will Start Tonight

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have activated veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 60-day disabled list and transferred right hander Michael Wacha from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL in order to make a roster spot for the returning Wainwright.

Wainwright, 37, will first appearance since May 13 when he takes the mound tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wacha is likely done for the season.

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