The Cardinals traded Mat Adams to the Braves on Saturday for a 19-year-old minor-league infielder and cash considerations. (File) 

By Rob Rains

The Cardinals’ decision to move Matt Carpenter to first base last winter sent Matt Adams to the bench, and ultimately on Saturday, out of town.

Needing to free up a roster spot for the return of Stephen Piscotty from the disabled list, the Cardinals traded Adams to the Braves for a 19-year-old infielder, Juan Yepez, who likely will be assigned to Class A Peoria. There also are cash considerations in the trade.

Adams, 28, had not started a game since April 27 and the positive result of the trade for him will be a chance to play. The Braves needed a first baseman after losing regular Freddie Freeman for a significant period of time after he broke his wrist when he was hit by a pitch earlier this week.

“Looking at it it’s the best thing for my career.” Adams said. “I’m going to be able to play every day. But I can’t say enough about the Cardinals and thank the Cardinals for the opportunities they gave me. It was a great run.”

Adams admitted this season was difficult because of a lack of playing time – trying to even make himself a left fielder so he could get in the lineup more often – but seeing his role basically became that of a pinch-hitter.

“I busted my butt this off-season to be in great shape and having the experiment with left field,” he said. “I feel like I did OK out there. We’ve got too many great guys on this team and I’m the odd-man out.

“It’s tough to talk about. Everybody treated me right here.”

Adams said he had known for a while there could be a possibility he would be traded one day, simply because of his status on the roster.

“It was in the back of my mind for sure, but I didn’t want to dwell or focus too much on that,” Adams said. “I feel like I’ve done everything they’ve asked me to do. It’s tough to go and say goodbye to all my friends but I know this is the next step in my career..”

Adams said he will join the Braves Sunday in Atlanta.

Adams was hitting .292 with one homer and seven RBIs in 31 games. He started only eight games this year, just two at first base.

“That’s part of the game, we didn’t have any room,” Adams said. “I accepted the role as the first left-hander off the bench and I was pretty solid at that. I was happy to do that. I wanted to do anything I could to possibly help this team win. It’s tough to go for sure.”

Adams was 9-of-16 as a pinch-hitter.

General manager John Mozeliak admitted trying to give Adams a chance to play more was a factor in the trade.

“When you looked at how our roster was constructed it was really hard for us to give Matt plate appearances,” Mozeliak said. “Clearly moving Carp to first, and with the dynamics of plate appearances this ultimately made sense today.”

Adams had been with the Cardinals since 2012. He was drafted in the 23rd round in 2009 out of Slippery Rock.

Yepez was signed by the Braves in 2014 as an international free agent and received a $1 million bonus. He can play first or third base, He was playing for Rome, Ga., in the Class A South Atlantic League where he was hitting .275 with one homer and 19 RBIs in 35 games.