Adams eager for chance to start as Braves' first baseman

Adams eager for chance to start as Braves' first baseman

Adams eager for chance to start as Braves' first baseman

Freeman was putting up record numbers, leading the National League with 14 home runs, and he had 25 RBIs. He had a.292 batting average in limited time in 2017, and heads to Atlanta likely to receive more playing time following a wrist injury to Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. He was drafted in the 23rd round in 2009 and has hit 56 home runs after making his debut in 2012. A move involving the 28-year-old Adams had been speculated since spring training after Matt Carpenter was picked to start at first base. Over 327 plate appearances, Adams slashed.249/.309/.471 (107 OPS+) with 16 home runs. He is a free agent after next season.

Adams eager for chance to start as Braves' first baseman
Adams eager for chance to start as Braves' first baseman

"He's a good bat off the bench", Braves general manager John Coppolella said.

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Yepez is a 19-year-old first baseman in Low-A. Although, provided Freeman makes a quick and full recovery, it's fair to wonder how (or rather, if) Adams fits into the Braves' long-term plans. He will be expected to handle the position, at least against right-handers. When it comes to the outfield, the Braves have Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis on the corners as well. Adams was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, and he's been with the Cardinals ever since - at least until Saturday.

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"I think our ownership really stepped forward here to take on money and get a really good player", Coppolella said. It will be very interesting to see what the change of scenery might be able to do for his career.

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