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Nationals sign home run hitter Matt Adams to one-year deal

The 29-year-old figures to replace Adam Lind, who became a free agent this winter

Matt Adams

Matt Adams | AP

A person familiar with negotiations says the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms in principle on a $4 million, one-year contract with first baseman Matt Adams, a deal pending a successful physical.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team had not made an announcement.

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The 29-year-old figures to replace Adam Lind, who became a free agent after the Nationals declined to exercise a 2018 option in his contract,

Adams hit .274 last season with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves. He is a career .271 hitter in six major league seasons.

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The left-handed hitter started the 2017 season with the St- Louis Cardinals but with no real spot for him, even after a venture into the outfield, the "Red Birds" traded him to the Braves.

Atlanta was trying to fill Freddie Freeman's shoes after the All-Star went down with an injury.

Adams did so good that upon Freeman's return they kept Adams at 1B, while Freeman played 3B and did a pretty good job.

Now Adams will be splitting time with Ryan Zimmerman at first base, most likely will be based on pitching that day, and a low-cost pinch-hitter.

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