Cardinals trade Matt Adams to the Braves
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals announced Saturday via Twitter that the team has traded first basemen Matt Adams and cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves will send minor league infielder Juan Yepez to the Cardinals.
Adams, 28, spent his entire career with St. Louis. He's a career .271 hitter with a .315 OBP and 56 home runs. Adams had been reduced to a bench role this season, playing behind All-Star Matt Carpenter.
Cardinal general manager John Mozeliak, speaking to reporters following the trade, said that flexibility was a reason for the move.
"I don't think Matt wanted to be already pigeonholed into a pinch hitting role," Mozeliak said. "Yes we had some early successes, but how sustainable is that?"
The Cardinals also activated outfielder Stephen Piscotty prior to Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants.
Adams will likely play first base for Atlanta in place of the injured All-Star Freddie Freeman, who broke his wrist Wednesday and is expected to miss 10 weeks.
Yepez, 19, was hitting .275 for the Brave's Class A Rome minor league team and will be assigned to Class A Peoria with the Cardinals.
Speaking on Yepez, Mozeliak said that the organization is excited to have him.
"He's a young player already playing at a High-A level and holding his own," Mozeliak said. "It's a little bit of a lottery ticket in a sense."