PORT ST. LUCIE — Matt Adams was hardly shocked when he wasn’t offered a major league contract this offseason.
“That is kind of the way free agency has gone, but I am thankful for the opportunity here,” the veteran slugger said before a workout with the Mets on Thursday. “It’s a very good club and I had to play against these guys for several years on the other side, so thankful to get here and be able to know the guys and just hit the ground running and keep working.”
Adams, who won a World Series title with the Nationals in October, arrived last month on a minor league deal. He has been working out at first base and shagging flies in left field.
The implementation of the 26-man roster this season could give the 31-year-old Adams the opening he needs to break camp with the major league club. Adams, who has also played for the Cardinals and Braves, hit 20 homers in 310 at-bats last season.
“It’s a very tough division, but I think as a competitor and as an athlete, that is what you want,” Adams said. “You want to fight all year long and that is what this division is going to do. It’s going to be a dogfight all year long.
“But I think this team has…