Braves add Adams to fill in at first base

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS - Braves gen­eral man­ager, on new slug­ger Matt Adams

ST. LOUIS >> The At­lanta Braves ac­quired first base­man Matt Adams from St. Louis on Satur­day in an at­tempt to help fill the void left by in­jured star Fred­die Free­man.

The Car­di­nals sent Adams and cash to At­lanta for mi­nor league in­fielder Juan Yepez. The deal came three days af­ter the Braves lost Free­man to a bro­ken wrist. Free­man was ex­pected to miss 10 weeks af­ter be­ing hit by a pitch from Toronto’s Aaron Loup. Free­man was lead­ing the ma­jors in slug­ging per­cent­age when he was hurt, hit­ting .341 with 14 home runs.

Braves gen­eral man­ager John Cop­polella said Adams will be valu­able to the Braves be­yond his fill-in duty at first.

“He’s also played left field,” Cop­polella said. “He’s a good bat off the bench. He will help us even when Fred­die Free­man comes back to the Braves.”

Jace Peter­son, a util­ity player, was the Braves’ first choice to take over at first base. Cop­polella and pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions John Hart said the team had no first base­men in the mi­nors ready to be a fill-in starter in the ma­jors. Cop­polella said Adams is ex­pected to join the team in time for to­day’s game against Wash­ing­ton. He will be ex­pected to han­dle the po­si­tion, at least against right-han­ders.

“He will have a chance to play a bunch early,” Cop­polella said. “We will face all right-han­ders the rest of the home­s­tand.”

The Braves signed vet­eran James Loney to a mi­nor league con­tact on Thurs­day as in­sur­ance.

“We wouldn’t have signed

He will have a chance to play a bunch early. We will face all righthanders the rest of the home­s­tand.” John Cop­polella

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James Loney if we thought the trade would hap­pen,” Cop­polella said. “Now that we had a chance to get a player like Matt Adams, we feel it’s a way to make our club bet­ter right now.” Adams hit .292 with a homer and seven RBIs com­ing off the bench this sea­son and play­ing some in the out­field. A move in­volv­ing Adams, 28, had been spec­u­lated since spring train­ing af­ter Matt Car­pen­ter was picked to start at first base. Yepez, 19, was hit­ting .275 with 15 RBIs in 35 games at Class A Rome. He was as­signed to Sin­gle-A Peo­ria. “We hate to trade prospects, but this was some­thing for our play­ers, for our fans,” Cop­polella said. “I think our own­er­ship re­ally stepped for­ward here to take on money and get a re­ally good player. We’re try­ing to win right now.” The Car­di­nals also ac­ti­vated out­fielder Stephen Pis­cotty from the dis­abled list. He’d been out with a strained right ham­string. At­lanta also added bullpen depth on Satur­day by ac­quir­ing right-han­der En­rique Bur­gos, 26, from Ari­zona for cash con­sid­er­a­tions. Bur­gos will re­port to Triple-A Gwin­nett.

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At­lanta hopes Matt Adams can re­place in­jured Fred­die Free­man for the next 10 weeks.

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