The St. Louis Cardinals recalled top prospect Oscar Taveras from AAA-Louisville earlier today. Taveras was recalled and sent down earlier this year, and is apparently there to stay in St. Loius. The odd man out in this scenario, is power hitting first baseman, Matt Adams. As recently as last season, the Yankees reportedly had interest in trading for Adams and contacted the Cardinals to find out about his availability.
Adams, 25, is a career .292 hitter and is currently hitting .325 with 9 home runs and 33 RBI. Adams a 23rd round draft pick out of Slippery Rock University was the Cardinals Minor League player of the year in 2009. Adams had 17 home runs and 51 RBI and batted .296, in 2013, his rookie season with the Cardinals. Taveras who is considered the Cardinals best prospect since Albert Pujols, creates a log jam in St. Louis, with his callup today. The odds of Tavaras being sent back down to Louisville are slim to none.
The question in St. Louis right now is who will they move. The three players effected are Matt Holliday, Allan Craig and Adams. Holliday is most likley, not going any where. So that leaves Craig and Adams. The Cardinals love Craig's .300 plus batting average and his versatility, as he can play first base as well as the outfield.
That leaves Adams, as promising a young player as Adams is, he sits most nights when he faces left-handed pitching. With Tavares back in the Majors, someone will have to sit each night for the Cards. St. Louis did not call Tavares up to sit on the bench and Holliday and Craig will play, except for an occasional breather.
So it looks like Adams will ride the bench most nights and he has too much talent for that to happen. Adams would be a great fit for a Yankees team that is looking for young talent and a player with power, who can play first and DH.
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