Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
4 days ago

Adams played in left field for the final four innings of Wednesday's 6-1 Cactus League victory over the Nationals, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Adams didn't see any chances while in the field, but the Cardinals are likely to put him out there again in coming games. Manager Mike Matheny has commented that Adams has looked good running down flyballs in batting practice, and the goal remains to have him serve as a viable enough option in the outfield so as to have him see at-bats on a more regular basis.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
5 days ago

Adams may get a look in the outfield during Wednesday's spring training game, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Matt Carpenter locked in as the starting first baseman, Adams has no clear path to regular at-bats, even though the Cardinals are optimistic his offseason weight loss will translate into improved performance. He presumably won't be ready for significant playing time in the outfield early in the season, but it is possible his improved mobility could allow him to contribute as the year progresses. Adams is enjoying a strong spring at the plate, boasting a .294 batting average and four home runs in 34 at-bats, albeit with 14 strikeouts.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
2 weeks ago

Adams went 2-for-2 with a double, solo home run, a walk and two runs overall in Sunday's 9-9 Grapefruit League tie with the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Adams' second-inning solo home run was his third of spring and second in as many days. Factoring in Sunday's production, he's slashing .296/.375/.667 and is tied for second on the Cardinals with Paul DeJong with six RBI. Despite his recent encouraging performances, strikeouts remain an issue, as he's also whiffed 11 times in 27 at-bats.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
2 weeks ago

Adams went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's 2-2 Grapefruit League tie with the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

The svelte slugger's fourth-inning blast off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz was his second of spring and helped bring his average back up to a decent .250 over his first 25 at-bats. Adams' 30-pound offseason weight loss was achieved with the goal of allowing the 28-year-old to bounce back from last season's .249/.309/.471 line and reduce his 24.8 percent strkeout rate.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
3 weeks ago

Adams shedded 30 pounds during the offseason in addition to altering his batting stance and swing, Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Adams is hoping that his weight loss will allow him to become a more agile player, which would especially help his defense at first base. He'll also be looking to use his revamped swing to bounce back from a fairly disappointing season last year in which he slashed .249/.309/.471. With Matt Carpenter still slated to be the Cardinals' primary starter at first base, Adams will likely serve mostly in a bench role in 2017.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
3 weeks ago

Adams, who'd been hitless in his first 12 spring at-bats, went 2-for-3 with a single and solo home run in Thursday's Grapefruit League win over the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old first baseman finally broke out after a sluggish start to spring, getting a hold of a Bartolo Colon four-seam fastball and driving it into the left field bleachers to open the scoring for the Cardinals. Adams avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $2.8 million deal with St. Louis on Jan. 12 and is slated to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench and occasional starter at first against righties behind Matt Carpenter. The veteran slugger slashed .249/.309/.471 with 18 doubles, 16 homers and 54 RBI over 327 plate appearances in 2016 and saw his strikeout rate climb to 24.8 percent, its highest since 2013.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
2 months ago

Adams agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Cardinals on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

EDGE Analysis

This offseason represents a new low for Adams' fantasy appeal, as he seems likely to enter the season as a bench bat. Injuries or underperformance ahead of him on the depth chart could change that, and he will still get at least one start per week against a righty, but it's going to be hard for him to be useful in standard leagues as long as Matt Carpenter is seeing time at first base.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
6 months ago

Adams went 1-for-2 with a walk in Friday's 5-0 loss to the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old extended his modest hitting streak to four games and was only one of two Cardinals hitters to get on base twice in what was a dominating effort by Jake Arrieta. Adams has endured an injury-shortened second half of the season, but is just two homers short of equaling the career-best 17 he hit in 2013.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
7 months ago

Adams went 2-for-6 with a two-run homer as part of a 12-run effort by the Cardinals to top the Pirates on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The bomb was just the 13th of the season for the powerful Adams, who has just 261 at-bats on the year. Adams has struggled over the second half of the season, hitting just .190/.264/.418 over his last 30 games, although he missed a good chunk of time due to injury. In fact, the two-hit effort was his first multi-hit game since July 10th.

Matt Adams
1B/DH STL
7 months ago

The Cardinals activated Adams (shoulder) from the disabled list Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Adams missed most of August due to his shoulder injury, but he is ready to rejoin the big club for the stretch run. Adams has had several runs as the Cardinals' everyday first baseman this season, but has spent a lot of time in a part-time role as well, and he figures to work in that role for now with both Matt Carpenter and Brandon Moss playing well at first base in Adams' absence.