Nationals trade Matt Adams to Cardinals

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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.

Report: Mets, Jose Quintana agree to 2-year, $26 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — The New York Mets and José Quintana agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract, adding another veteran arm to the team’s rotation.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

New York has been rebuilding its pitching staff following a playoff loss to San Diego in the wild-card round. Three members of its rotation became free agents this offseason, and the Mets also had several openings in their bullpen.

Ace right-hander Justin Verlander agreed to a two-year, $86.7 million contract with New York.

Quintana played for Pittsburgh and St. Louis last season, going 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts. The left-hander was terrific after he was traded to the Cardinals in August, posting a 2.01 ERA in 12 appearances for the NL Central champions.

Quintana also worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings for St. Louis in his lone playoff start, but the Cardinals were eliminated by Philadelphia.