Padres catcher Francisco Mejia hit a walk-off grand slam to cap a five-run bottom of the ninth inning in a 7-3 win over the Rangers. Trailing 3-2 entering the frame, Franmil Reyes hit a one-out single and was then pinch-run for by Travis Jankowski. Freddy Galvis knocked in Jankowski with a double to tie the game at three apiece. With two outs, A.J. Ellis and Cory Spangenberg both drew walks to load the bases for Mejia, who delivered.
Mejia, 22, was acquired by the Padres from the Indians in the Brad Hand and Adam Cimber trade in mid-July. In 10 games since his call-up earlier this month, Mejia is hitting .259/.333/.630 with three homers, eight RBI, and five runs scored.
MLB Pipeline rates Mejia as the Padres’ No. 3 prospect and No. 21 overall in baseball.
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.