Report: Nationals sign Matt Adams to one-year, $4 million deal

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals and first baseman Matt Adams have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract. Adams can earn up to $500,000 through performance bonuses.

Adams, 29, spent this past season with the Cardinals and Braves, batting an aggregate .274/.319/.522 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 367 plate appearances. The Braves acquired him as a temporary replacement for Freddie Freeman, who had gotten injured.

Adams will back up Ryan Zimmerman at first base for the Nationals and serve as a bench bat. He has historically hit right-handed pitching much better than left-handed pitching, owning a .828/.593 OPS differential against them, respectively.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).