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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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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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