Vaughn: What to do with Matt Adams?

Vaughn: What to do with Matt Adams?

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Vaughn: What to do with Matt Adams?

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by Doug Vaughn / Baseball StL

KMOV.com

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 9:07 AM

(Baseball StL) -- The Cardinals have an issue: What are they going to do about Matt Adams?

This guy needs to play everyday and there’s no place to put him. Adams is currently hitting .643. That wasn’t a typo. He’s hitting .643. He’s 9 for 14 with two home runs and seven RBIs, and he’s only played in four games. But how can they get him in the lineup everyday? That’s the hard part. 

Carlos Beltran is making $16 million a season as the rightfielder. Matt Holliday makes $17 million as the leftfielder. Allen Craig just signed a new long term contract. It’s not likely any of those guys are headed for a daily spot on the bench.

Mike Matheny has done a good job of resting Beltran, Holliday and Craig so far, but how often can he tell one of them they’re not in the line-up? But how do you not get Adams in there when he’s hitting .643? It’s a pleasant problem to be sure, but a problem none-the-less. 

At this point, Matheny is doing all he can do to keep everybody happy. At a minimum, Adams should get at least one important at bat every game as a late inning pinch hitter.

It’s also a pretty good bet that one of the others will battle an injury at some point and need significant time off. That seems to happen every year.

The Cardinals are no doubt fielding a lot of calls from other teams (the Yankees?) who desperately need a left-handed power hitting first baseman. But the Cardinals would be wise to resist the temptation of dealing Adams while his stock is sky high. He looks like he’s going to be a special hitter, a guy who could be a middle of the order hitter here for many years to come.

He’ll just have to be patient and wait for his turn to be an everyday player. 

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