Friend of the site John Coppinger was among the many who weighed in on the Matt Adams signing yesterday. Here’s what he said:
The Mets made a curious “Friday news dump” depth signing, as they have added first baseman Matt Adams on a minor league deal.
So they can stash Smith on the roster much like they did at the beginning of last season as a lefty bat and part time OF/1B. After that, they can give Pete Alonso some rest at DH and give Smith plenty of time at first.
As for Adams, he’ll look good in a Syracuse uniform until Alonso gets exposed to the Coronavirus when the Mets medical staff runs out of funding for surgical masks.
Adams has been in the majors since 2012 and he’s been a quality player. But he’s one of those guys whose reputation far exceeds his actual production. How many times do you think he’s amassed 500 PA in a season? He only did it once, back in 2014. Since then, he’s been between 186 and 367 PA.
He’s a lefty hitter whose teams try hard to give him the platoon advantage as often as possible. How many times has he had a 120 OPS+ with his PA stacked with the platoon advantage? Once, back in 2013. Last year his OPS+ was 83.
He’s not a good defensive player and he’s an even worse baserunner. All of his value is tied up in his bat. If the Mets were going to use the new 26th roster spot on a hitter, he’s the type of guy who would make some sense. But smart money has that spot going to a relief pitcher, which means Adams will be enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of Syracuse.