Four Washington Nationals Who Could Be Traded In 2019
2. 1B Matt Adams
Washington Nationals first baseman Matt Adams is no stranger to being traded midseason. It has happened to him twice in his career, including last season when the Nationals dealt him to the St. Louis Cardinals. With Washington falling further and further out of the playoff race, it seems likely Adams will once again be changing cities this summer.
To this point in 2019 Adams has not come close to posting the type of production he did for Washington in 2018. Last year in his time with Washington Adams hit .257 with 18 home runs and 48 runs batted in. When Adams was in the Nationals starting lineup, the team posted a very impressive 43-28 record. To date in 2019 Adams has not had a great year, and missing time with two different injuries has played a part in this.
Coming into Saturday Adams is hitting .247 with five home runs, 18 runs batted in, and an on-base percentage of .277. His low OBP shows he has sortove been an all or nothing hitter this season. Despite his lack of production, Adams would be a coveted asset on the trade market if made available by the Nationals.
Teams are always looking for power off the bench, especially left-hander power. Adams could be useful for an American League team looking for a powerful hitting D.H., or he could be valuable for a National League team looking for a left-handed bench bat who can spell their first basemen time to time.
Adams has a mutual $4 million dollar option on his contract at the end of the 2019 season, but at age 31 and with his low production it seems unlikely Washington would pick this up anyway. He wouldn’t net them a ton in return, but Matt Adams seems like a guy who is almost a lock to be traded away from D.C. in 2019.