Friday, January 31, 2020

Mets Might Have Found Their Punch Off The Bench

Matt Adams.

One thing the Mets lacked in 2019 was a pure power hitter off the bench that they could send late into games to deliver a big hit.

The Mets might have found their guy on Friday, when they announced the signing of veteran first baseman Matt Adams to a minor league contract and and invite to major league Spring Training.

Adams, 31, leads all active Major Leaguers with 11 pinch-hit homers and 49 pinch-hit RBI, and his .469 career slugging percentage ranks 12th among all left-handed batters since his debut in 2012.

Adams hit 20 homers and drove in 56 runs in 111 games for Washington last year. He is one of 18 National League players to hit 20 or more homers in each of the last three years. 

The 6-3, 245-pounder has hit 15 or more homers in six of his eight years in the majors.

He has slashed .261/.309/.469 with 127 doubles, 116 homers with 388 RBI over his eight-year major league career with the Cardinals, Braves and Nationals.

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