Matt Adams
Matt Adams
32-Year-Old DHDH
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Braves in July of 2020. Released by the Braves in September of 2020.
Released by Braves
DHFree Agent  
September 3, 2020
Adams was released by the Braves on Thursday.
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He was designated for assignment last week and it sounds like he requested his unconditional release. With just over three weeks left in the season, Adams may struggle to latch on with another club in 2020. He hit .184 with two home runs and 18 strikeouts in 49 at-bats this season.
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Since 2019
 
 
+6%
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+421%
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+12%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .750 66 6 5 17 0 .231 .242 .508
Since 2019vs Right .709 318 40 17 48 0 .218 .274 .435
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 2.333 3 1 1 3 0 .667 .667 1.667
2020vs Right .448 48 3 1 6 0 .152 .188 .261
2019vs Left .674 63 5 4 14 0 .210 .222 .452
2019vs Right .757 270 37 16 42 0 .230 .289 .468
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+19%
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+25%
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+20%
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Since 2019Home .775 206 31 14 31 0 .223 .291 .484
Since 2019Away .651 178 15 8 34 0 .216 .242 .409
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2020Home .613 30 2 1 5 0 .207 .233 .379
2020Away .490 21 2 1 4 0 .150 .190 .300
2019Home .804 176 29 13 26 0 .226 .301 .503
2019Away .672 157 13 7 30 0 .225 .248 .424
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The free agent has been a consistent source of power production the past few years even without the full-time job. Adams tried to boost up his free-agent value this year by selling out for power as he had an abnormally high strikeout rate, but ended up hitting one fewer homer than he did the previous season in the same amount of playing time. The bigger swing resulted in a career-worst batting average and on-base percentage, and it was the first time in four seasons in which his overall offensive output against righties was below league average. Every at-bat he has against a lefty is one at-bat too many, so his playing time should really be capped at 300 plate appearances which makes him an endgame option in single-league formats to fill a corner spot on your roster.
Adams signed with the Nationals last offseason, after the Braves opted to non-tender him. He took advantage of playing time opened via injuries, playing either first base or left field regularly against right-handed pitching and slashing .275/.351/.575 through June 15. On June 19, Adams was hit by a pitch and was placed on the DL with a broken finger. He returned July 4, but his playing time dwindled with the return of Daniel Murphy then Ryan Zimmerman. On Aug. 21, Adams was dealt to his former club, the Cardinals, in a waiver deal. He struggled with St. Louis down the stretch, posting a .533 OPS. For the season, Adams clubbed a personal-best 21 homers, but a career-worst .245 BABIP spurred his lowest-ever batting average. Adams returned to Washington on a one-year deal and projects to open the season on the bench.
Adams began the 2017 season on the bench for the Cardinals, making just 53 trips to the dish through May 19. But then Freddie Freeman got hurt and the Braves came a-calling. Adams hit .314 with 10 homers in June and remained at first initially upon Freeman's return with Freeman temporarily shifting to the hot corner. It wasn't long before Freeman returned to first, pushing Adams to the outfield for semi-regular at-bats. In mid-August, Adams was primarily used as a pinch-hitter, with occasional starts in the field. Perceived to be a high-strikeout hitter, Adams' career 76 percent contact rate isn't terrible in today's climate, but a six percent walk rate renders him susceptible to slumps. This, along with struggles versus southpaw pitching, expose the left-handed swinger when afforded regular opportunities. He will be the backup at first base in Washington after signing a one-year deal in December.
Adams had a hard time staying healthy in the second half of the season, as he frequently dealt with back soreness and spent time on the DL with an inflamed shoulder. He was limited to 118 games and just 69 starts, all of which came at first base. His production at the plate left much to be desired, and with Matt Carpenter set to take on the starting role at first base in 2017, Adams' outlook for playing time seems bleak. There's always a chance he could be traded, but Adams is unlikely to play against southpaws no matter where he is, as he owns a .212 average and .595 OPS in his career against lefties. Given his growing injury history and declining role, Adams is now more of an NL-only consideration, with any mixed-league relevance holding on by a thread.
Adams entered 2015 with a chance to cement his hold on the starting job at first base for years to come, but only hit .243/.281/.375 before going down with a quad injury that nearly ended his season. Adams managed to return in September and logged 31 at-bats over the season's final month, but still finished the year with a disappointing slash line, hitting just 14 extra-base hits in 175 total at-bats. Adams is still just 27 and the Cardinals haven't brought in a big name to replace him, so there's a possibility he rights the ship in 2016 and delivers the 20-plus home run power and solid secondary numbers that owners were hoping for in 2015. He may, however, lose out on at-bats to Stephen Piscotty, if Piscotty is forced to first base due to a logjam in the outfield, or if manager Mike Matheny decides he has seen enough of Adams struggling against left-handers and implements a strict platoon.
Adams returned solid value to owners that were able to snatch him up in the later rounds of fantasy drafts, posting a .288/.321/.457 line with 34 doubles, 15 home runs and 68 RBI while playing above average defense at first base. When the Cardinals traded Allen Craig to Boston at the deadline it solidified Adams' role as the team's everyday first baaseman. It's somewhat discouraging that he hit just .239/.308/.356 in 180 at-bats over the final two months of this season, dropping his average from .314 to .288 but his role is much clearer heading into 2015 than it was a year ago. It's likely that he could very easily be a top-12 first baseman in 2015 if he can stay healthy and develop a little more power, particularly if some of those doubles and triples (he had an unlikely five in 2014) clear the outfield wall for home runs.
Adams had a very good 2013 in limited playing time, slamming 17 home runs and 14 doubles in just 319 plate appearances. His BABIP (.337) was somewhat high, meaning his .284 average could fall with a larger sample size, but Adams still makes plenty of hard contact, as evidenced by his .220 ISO. The power is here for Adams to be a 30-homer bat, but it might not happen in 2014, as his HR/FB (21.8%) may not be completely sustainable. That being said, it appears Allen Craig will play primarily in right field this season following the departure of Carlos Beltran, which should result in a significant increase in opportunities for Adams compared to last season. As the Cardinals' primary first baseman, Adams will have a good chance to crack the 500 at-bat plateau.
The various injuries suffered by Lance Berkman gave Adams a one-month opportunity to show he belonged in the majors. Results were mixed, as he started out strong (hitting .296 in his first 16 games) before the league caught up with him. At least 13 RBI in a 27-game stint was helpful. Adams tore up the minors since Day 1, hitting .318 with 82 home runs in 1,430 at-bats in his four-year career. Unfortunately, he can't really play anywhere besides first base. While that's not as big of an issue with Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman gone, the Cardinals could opt to give the job to Allen Craig or sign a big-name veteran in the offseason. Adams will probably have to wait his turn again.
Adams was pretty good in 2010, but he broke out in a big way playing for Double-A Springfield last year, belting 32 home runs and driving in 101 runs. He doesn't possess much speed, but if he can go 30-100-.300 every year, he won't have to. With Albert Pujols now in Anaheim, we could see Adams manning first base in St. Louis as early as this summer. Now 23, he'll likely head to Triple-A to begin the season while Lance Berkman takes on the everyday job in Pujols' absence.
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DFA'd by Atlanta
DHAtlanta Braves  
August 30, 2020
Adams was designated for assignment by the Braves on Sunday.
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Not starting again Friday
DHAtlanta Braves  
August 28, 2020
Adams is out of the lineup Friday against the Phillies.
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Sitting Game 2
DHAtlanta Braves  
August 26, 2020
Adams is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
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Sitting against Cole
DHAtlanta Braves  
August 26, 2020
Adams is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
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Not starting Friday
DHAtlanta Braves  
August 21, 2020
Adams is out of the lineup Friday against the Phillies.
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