In a chat on ESPN.com, John Mozelaik was asked this question:
“With Matt Adams Returning from arm injury, what happens if he posts really good numbers? And how do you get him AB’s at the major league level? He didn’t look to be to far from ready in his short stint last year.”
“I definitely think it will be a trick to get him playing time. No doubt Mike Matheny has his challenges. I don’t think Matt has a ton to prove at AAA, so hopefully we can find a way to get him some major league at bats.”
Look, Matt Adams was serviceable, but nothing more, in his MLB stint last season. I can’t see a way in which the Cardinals are able to place him in the lineup without a few injuries, and I think that is where Mozeliak sees it as tricky to get him in. Adams hit just .244 in 86 at-bats last season, and plays a positon (1B) that the Cards already have on lock-down with Allen Craig and back-up Matt Carpenter. The only way Adams sees significant time this upcoming season, in my opinion is if Craig has to be moved to the outfield while Carpenter simultaneously is filling the middle of the infield.