At first, when I saw the news Matt Adams had signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies, I thought this is a Washington Nationals play right here. The two teams have a history of bringing in well-known, power hitting backup first baseman. Then I thought, if a team can get a guy on the cheap to see if there is any tread left on the tires, they should.
Adams was a member of the 2018 Nationals season that ended in disarray. He was claimed on waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals for their run to the playoffs, only to be re-signed by the Nats the following offseason. Big City was a big part of the World Series team, filling in for the oft-injured Ryan Zimmerman during the regular season.
The Colorado Rockies have signed Matt Adams as they continue to mimic the Nationals run on re-tread first baseman.
Just as Adams followed a long line of veteran backups in Washington (Mark Reynolds, Clint Robinson, Adam Lind, and going way back, Greg Dobbs), he will now do the same in Colorado (Daniel Murphy, Mark Reynolds, Jason Giambi).
These two franchises aren’t the only two who seek out power hitting first baseman, seems like there are always several on the market and they all land jobs. Justin Smoak, Logan Morrison and Jed Gyorko are players who have become vagabond type guys, looking for somewhere to land on their feet. Baseball has become a three true-outcomes game, heavy hitting first baseman who tend to strikeout too much will be a part of the fixture for as far as we can see in the future.
For Adams, he has been a part of the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves organizations, since winning his World Series ring with the Nationals. He hit .184 in 16 games with the Braves before they kicked him to the curb before the end of the 2021 campaign.
He’ll act as an insurance policy for the Rockies, should C. J. Cron (another journeyman first sacker) find the injury list. My guess is we’ll be seeing Matt Adams on and off for the next three-four years. As long as he can occasionally hit the ball a mile, he’ll find an employer.