Jason Hayward now leads the National League in OPS, a statistic with
which I’m not familiar. It refers to On-Base/Slugging Percentage. His
leading number is .991, and your guess is as good as mine. It can’t be
bad, so be grateful.
— Former Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Furman Bisher commenting on young Mr. Heyward’s season thus far. Given that the stat in question didn’t really come into prominence until Bisher was in his 80s I’m going to give him a pass on not being completely up with it. Indeed, at 91 he here demonstrates an equal level of understanding and a far greater acceptance of the stat than guys like Dan Shaughnessy do.
Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $3 million pact with the Nationals, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. The contract comes with a $1 million buyout on a 2020 option, bringing the total value to $4 million. Official confirmation is still pending completion of a physical.
The 30-year-old infielder will return to familiar turf in Washington after spending the first half of the 2018 season there. He was dealt to the Cardinals in late August for cash considerations and finished the season batting a collective .239/.309/.477 with a career-high 21 home runs, .786 OPS and 0.8 fWAR through 337 plate appearances for the two National League clubs.
Despite his impressive display of power, Adams experienced a significant decline at the plate over the second half of the season, batting well under the Mendoza Line as the Cardinals pushed for a postseason berth against the division-winning Brewers and Wild Card-contending Cubs. Still, he saw enough early success in Washington to merit a second look and should provide a sturdy backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base in 2019.