Is Matt Adams right for Kansas City?
The Saint Louis Cardinals have made Matt Adams available in trade talks. The power hitter is 28-years-old, and would provide Kansas City yet another left handed bat. Kansas City can use Adams in a role the Red Birds can not, at DH. The Royals at every turn have said they like the idea of a roving DH, using it as a way to give guys time off. However, throwing a guy like Matt Adams into the DH role would not be a bad thing.
With runners in scoring position, Adams hits .270, with a .320 On base percentage, 16-homers, and 147-RBI's. As a pinch-hitter in the national league, the 5-year veteran hits for a .330-average, adding a .352-OBP, driving in 28-runs, with 7-homers. Matt Adams holds a life-time .270-batting-average, to go along with his .314-OBP, 210-Runs-Batted-In, 55-Homers, playing in 455-games.
Before shipping Jarrod Dyson off to Seattle, Saint Louis was interested in swapping the speedster out in-turn for Matt Adams. That obviously never came to be, but a deal for Matt Adams is not off the table. Matt Adams would give Kansas City a solid back-up to Eric Hosmer at first base, along with being an above-average DH. Right now with the Cardinals, Adams is currently being paid 2.8-million dollars after the two sides avoid arbitration. Matt Adams is under club control until 2019. He will enter 2017 as the Red Birds back-up first baseman, providing them a solid power bat off the bench.