Cardinals, 1B Matt Adams agree to $2.8 million contract

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Adams trots the bases after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 12 2014.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Adams trots the bases after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 12 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year deal Thursday to avoid arbitration, though his role remains unclear with Matt Carpenter taking over his everyday job.

Adams, who made $1.65 million last season, has been shopped this offseason but could also give St. Louis a power bat off the bench. The left-handed hitting Adams is a career .284 hitter against right-handed pitching, so he offers an option in a platoon role.

That route could also keep him healthy: He’s spent time on the disabled list the past few seasons with everything from oblique and calf injuries to a torn quadriceps.

His deal leaves right-handers Carlos Martinez, Trevr Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist, and Michael Wacha as the Cardinals’ arbitration-eligible players.