Ex-National Matt Adams grateful that he got an opportunity with Mets


PORT ST. LUCIE – Matt Adams was hardly shocked when he was not offered a major league contract this off-season.

"It's kind of a way the free agency went, but I'm grateful for the opportunity here," said the seasoned thug before training with the Mets on Thursday. "It's a very good club and I had to play against these guys on the other side for a few years. I'm so thankful that I came here and got to know the guys and just get started and keep working."

Adams, who won a World Series title with the Nationals in October, made a minor league deal last month. He trained on the first base and fought flying in the left field.

Implementing the 26-man squad this season could give 31-year-old Adams the opening he needs to break camp with the Major League Club. Adams, who also played for the Cardinals and Braves, met 20 Homer in 310 bats last season.

"It's a very difficult task, but I think as a competitor and an athlete that's what you want," said Adams. "You want to fight all year round and that division will do that. It will be a dogfight all year round.

“But I think this team definitely has the talent and experience and the good mix of young people and great talent, but also the veteran leadership that this club brings. It is huge and I think [general manager] Brodie [Van Wagenen] did a good job of bringing in the pieces they needed in the off-season, and I think everyone here is excited to get this season rolling. "

Matt Adams
Matt AdamsAnthony J. Causi

Seth Lugo, recovering from a broken left little toe, continues to play catch on level ground. The right-hander hopes to be released for a return to the hill in the coming days.

Franklyn Kilome, who missed rehab after Tommy John's surgery last season, throws live punching exercises and figures into the Mets' initial pitching depth. The Mets acquired Kilome in the deal that Asdrubal Cabrera sent to the Phillies in 2018.

The Mets added an exhibition game against the Orioles at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., On March 24. Both teams will visit the facilities before the game.

Jacob deGrom and Yoenis Cespedes smiled at each other during a live punch exercise in field 7 behind Clover Park. Cespedes hit with a broken bat, but deGrom largely dominated.

Jeurys Familia threw his first live punch exercise of spring with his hard sinker bite. "I heard really good things about how the ball came out of his hand," said manager Luis Rojas.

Will Toffey, a third baseman who came to the Mets in the store that sent Familia to Oakland in 2018, worked on the first base. Toffey played 91 games at Double-A Binghamton last season and scored an OPS of 0.696.

The Mets will play a simulated three-inning game to prepare for the opening games of the Grapefruit League on Saturday.

The Mets will play a simulated three-inning game to prepare for the opening games of the Grapefruit League on Saturday.