Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Adrian Beltre has a calf strain. It’s not a biggie, though, as it will only keep him from running. He can still take BP and do fielding drills.
I know this is minor, but I find it interesting anyway because I can’t help but wonder if a tiny little malady like this at this particular time of the year isn’t something some players are rather pleased to have. “Oh, drat! There is something amiss that will not affect me in any way whatsoever except that it will prevent me from doing wind sprints in the outfield! Oh, cruel fates! Why dost thou damn me so?!”
Then again, maybe this is the case of a schlubby and lazy 37-year-old computer jockey projecting a bit.
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.