Mets Sign Matt Adams To A Minor League Deal

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

The Mets announced the signing of first baseman Matt Adams Friday, which includes an invite to big league spring training.Last season, Adams slugged 20 homers with a slash line of .226/.276/.465 in 111 games for the Washington Nationals. Adams had just four plate appearances during the Nats’ postseason run which ended with them winning the 2019 World Series.

An eight-year major league veteran, 2019 marked the third straight time Adams hit 20 home runs or more in a season. The 31-year old lefthanded hitting first baseman has a career slash line of .261/.309/.469.Adding Adams creates competition for Dominic Smith. Both are lefthanded hitting first basemen with limited experience in the outfield. In his third season involving a stint in the major leagues, Smith is coming off his best offensive performance, hitting .282/.355/.525 with 11 homers in 89 games for the Mets.

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A first round draft pick in 2013, Smith is under team control through the 2024 season. The first baseman has been rumored to be on the trading block for the Mets, since there isn’t much room for his bat in the lineup. With All-Star Pete Alonso at first-base, the 24-year old Smith would be relegated mostly to the bench after his trial in the outfield last season was unimpressive.

Adams could start the season with Triple-A Syracuse, but adding his established bat less than two weeks before spring training puts pressure on Smith to earn a roster spot, while giving the Mets flexibility in searching for a potential trade suitor.