It may be that Scott Van Slyke’s baseball career is over. When you get waived by a KBO team, there really isn’t anywhere left to go.
The team: the Doosan Bears, which gave Van Slyke his walking papers only 12 games into his Korean career. It’s hard to blame them, though, as he was hitting only .128/.209/.231 with one homer. This after he hit .248/.354/.467 at New Orleans earlier this season.
While that Triple-A line isn’t terrible, it’s sort of telling that the Marlins, one of baseball’s worst teams, didn’t want to bring him up. It’s also the case that there is not a big market out there for corner guys over 30 like Van Slyke. He could get a non-roster invite to someone’s spring training next February, but it’s unlikely he’ll get picked up by anyone on a major league deal.
If he does decide to hang things up, he’ll finish his big league career with a line of .242/.326/.417 with 29 homers and 95 RBI across six big league seasons, all with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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.