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Cardinals listening on Matt Adams

With Matt Carpenter set to play first next year, Adams is a solid trade chip for St. Louis.

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The Cardinals are listening to trade offers for first baseman Matt Adams, reports Jerry Crasnick of

The 28-year old is coming off of a rocky season with St. Louis, slashing .249/.309/.471 with 16 home runs and 81 strikeouts in 118 games. Those numbers sound like the baseline stats for a trade chip, but there’s a fair amount of risk in taking Adams. The Pennsylvania native is injury-prone, the worst of which being a torn quadricep in May 2015. He suffered from a shoulder injury last season.

If Adams is dealt, he’d be a good option for a team to use as a backup first baseman/corner outfielder. St. Louis has an influx of infielders, so it seems more than likely that given his familiarity with the disabled list, Adams would be the most expendable. However, if the Cardinals’ asking price isn’t too outrageous, he’s a low risk/high reward type of player with a solid bat if he remains healthy.