Braves get 1B Matt Adams from Cards as fill-in for Freeman

Adams has been squeezed out of playing time with Matt Carpenter at first base. That didn't really work out.

The Atlanta Braves announced a trade no one expected this afternoon acquiring Matt Adams from the Cardinals for minor league infielder Juan Yepez.

The Cardinals also activated outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the disabled list.

General manager John Coppolella and the Atlanta Braves front office wasted little time in finding an MLB-quality replacement for injured superstar Freddie Freeman. Look for the Braves to platoon Adams as aggressively as the Cardinals did - he's faced at least 85 percent righties in each of the past three years.

Yepez, 19, signed with the Braves organization as a non-drafted free agent in July 2014, out of Caracas, Venezuela.

Adams, 28, had a fine statistical line this season - he hit.292 with the Cardinals - but his role had been downgraded to the No. 1 option off the bench for skipper Mike Matheny. Freeman was leading the majors in slugging percentage when he was hurt, hitting.341 with 14 home runs. In theory, he could have been somewhere in Saturday's lineup inasmuch as he was 6-for-11 in his career against San Francisco's Jeff Samardzija. "When you think about them losing Freddie Freeman, obviously they had a need". When you think of moving Carp to first, the dynamics of plate appearances (for Adams) changed quickly. "We're trying to win right now". And Jose Martinez (left groin), who will leave for Jupiter, Fla., and a rehab assignment, had some first-base duties earlier this season.

Adams said he's looking at the trade as the best thing for his career. "But I can't say enough about the Cardinals and thank the Cardinals for the opportunities they gave me".

"It's tough to go".

  • Julie Sanders