The Mets signed first baseman Matt Adams to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training, the club announced Friday.
Adams, 31, batted .226/.276/.465 with 20 homers and 56 RBIs for the Nationals last season on the way to the franchise’s first World Series win. Washington chose not to exercise a mutual option to bring Adams back for the 2020 season.
Adams, who has played some outfield in his career, will likely be competing for a spot on the Mets bench. Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso will be the Mets starting first baseman and Dominic Smith is slotted behind him. Smith has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, though.
Adams, who was drafted by the Cardinals in the 23rd round of the 2009 MLB Draft, began his career in St. Louis before getting traded to the Braves in May of 2017. After signing a one-year deal with the Nationals seven months later, Adams was traded back to the Cardinals in August 2018. He then signed a one-year, $4 million deal to return to the Nationals before last season.
He is one of just 18 National League players to hit 20 or more home runs in each of the last three years.