Just on the heels of learning that Matt Adams had been claimed on waivers, we learn who claimed him: it’s his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, who have struck a deal with the Nats for him, according to Jeff Passan. The Nats are getting cash considerations in return.
Adams, an impending free agent, is hitting .257/.332/.510 with 18 homers over 94 games this season. The lefty Adams will see some time against right-handed pitchers, probably as a pinch hitter and occasional outfielder starter. He can likewise play first base, but the Cards are pretty set there with Matt Carpenter, obviously.
Thus begins the Nats’ sell-off.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.