Adams to Get Chance to Play Everyday in Atlanta
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Atlanta Braves acquired first baseman Matt Adams from St. Louis on Saturday in an attempt to help fill the void left by injured star Freddie Freeman.
The Cardinals sent Adams and cash to Atlanta for minor league infielder Juan Yepez. The deal came three days after the Braves lost Freeman to a broken wrist.
“He’s also played left field,” Coppolella said. “He’s a good bat off the bench. He will help us even when Freddie Freeman comes back to the Braves.”
Jace Peterson, a utility player, was the Braves’ first choice to take over at first base. Coppolella and president of baseball operations John Hart said the team had no first basemen in the minors ready to be a fill-in starter in the majors.
Coppolella said Adams is expected to join the team in time for Sunday’s game against Washington. He will be expected to handle the position, at least against right-handers.
The Braves signed veteran James Loney to a minor league contact on Thursday as insurance.
“We wouldn’t have signed James Loney if we thought the trade would happen,” Coppolella said. “Now that we had a chance to get a player like Matt Adams, we feel it’s a way to make our club better right now.”
Yepez, 19, was hitting .275 with 15 RBIs in 35 games at Class A Rome. He was assigned to Single-A Peoria.
The Cardinals also activated outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the disabled list. He’d been out with a strained right hamstring.
Atlanta also added bullpen depth on Saturday by acquiring right-hander Enrique Burgos, 26, from Arizona for cash considerations. Burgos will report to Triple-A Gwinnett.