Braves acquire Cardinals 1B Matt Adams

The Atlanta Braves have acquired St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams in exchange for minor league Juan Yepez.

With Freddie Freeman being sidelined approximately 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist, the Braves had a rather sizeable hole in the middle of their lineup. An early season MVP candidate, Freeman had 14 homers and 25 RBI, while sporting a slash line of .341/.461/.748 through 37 games played.

After losing playing time at first to Matt Carpenter, Adams has been relegated to spot duty, but should have ample opportunity for at-bats over the next two-plus months. Despite the limited playing time, Adams is hitting .292 with one homer and seven RBI in 48 at-bats (31 games). For his career, Adams sports a slash line of .271/.315/.453, with 57 career home runs. Adams will be arbitration-eligible at the end of the season.

Yepez, 19, was hitting .275 with one homer and 15 RBI through 36 games with the Class A Peoria Chiefs at the time of the trade.

 

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