Washington Nationals first baseman Matt Adams

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Cardinals Acquire Matt Adams From Nationals

The Cardinals optioned Patrick Wisdom to Memphis to make room for Adams on the 25-man roster.

August 21, 2018 - 1:39 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals have made a deal with the Washington Nationals to bring first baseman Matt Adams back to St. Louis. The Cardinals also announced today they have activated RHP Carlos Martínez from the 10-day disabled list, optioned Patrick Wisdom to Memphis (AAA) and moved OF Dexter Fowler was from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Adams will join the Cardinals in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the last game of a three-game series against the Dodgers. Although Clayton Kershaw is not expected to make the start on Wednesday, it was pointed out by our Tom Ackerman that Adams has an interesting history with the Dodger's ace:

Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter is clearly excited to have Adams back, as he tweeted that he is going to "bathe" Adams in his salsa. 

Although the July 31st MLB trade deadline has passed, teams are still able to swap players through a waiver system based on a team's posistion in the standings and which league they are in. The Nationals put a number of players, including Adams, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy on waivers, then the teams who won those claims on Sunday have until Tuesdsay afternoon to complete a trade with Washington. 

Murphy was claimed and dealt to the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals play the Cubs in Wrigley for the last three games of the regular season. There have been no confirmed reports of Harper leaving Washington.

Adams, Harper and Murphy were all pending free agents at the end of the 2018 season. Washington is six and a half games out of a postseason position and is 3-7 in its last 10 games. 

The Cardinals are tied with Philadelphia and Colorado for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Adams, 29, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 23rd round of the June 2009 First Year Player Draft and was in the Cardinals organization for nine years including 2012-17 in St. Louis.  On May 20, 2017, Adams was traded to the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder Juan Yepez.  Adams is batting .257 with 18 HR and 48 RBI in 94 games with the Nationals this season.  As a member of the Cardinals, Adams played in 486 games with career marks of a .271 batting average with 56 home runs and 217 RBI.

Martinez, 26, was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain on July 31 and missed 19 games.  He made two relief appearances during an injury rehabilitation assignment in Springfield (AA) and will join the Cardinals bullpen in Los Angeles tonight.  Martínez has a 6-6 record with a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts this season, striking out 98 batters in 100.1 innings.

Wisdom, 26, was purchased from Memphis on August 11 and played in nine games for the Cardinals batting .333 (4-12) with a home run and three RBI.  He had played in 747 career minor league game before his Major League debut.

Fowler, 32, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left foot fracture after fouling a ball off his foot on August 3 in a game at Pittsburgh.

Adams is in transit and is expected to join up with the Cardinals organization in the upcoming days.