This is how much of an impression Matt Adams has made on the Braves during his first month with them: They're seriously considering whether to shift franchise cornerstone Freddie Freeman from first base to third base when Freeman comes off the disabled list so both guys can be in the lineup together.
Adams is in the mix to move across the diamond, too, but possibly keeping him at first base over Freeman is a sign of how highly he's valued despite the small sample size.
"We're discussing that internally, because the fact is, Freddie will be back," Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters before Tuesday's game vs. the Giants, per MLB.com. "There are some options there, because it would be nice to have both of those guys in the lineup somehow."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien said on Twitter late Tuesday that Freeman is willing to make the move if it's best for the Braves that he do so.
Adams, 28, has been on fire at the plate since coming over from the Cardinals in a trade May 20. He was expected to be just a stopgap until Freeman returned from a broken wrist, but he has become a lineup fixture instead. In 28 games before Tuesday, the left-handed-hitting Adams was slashing .306/.361/.658 with 10 home runs.
The Freeman-Adams discussion is also a product of the Braves' need to upgrade their production at the hot corner. Atlanta's third basemen were hitting .234 with a .622 OPS and six home runs prior to Tuesday's game.
Clearly the Braves are willing to sacrifice defense to make that happen. Freeman hasn't played the position in 10 years, when he was in rookie ball, although MLB.com noted he played there regularly in high school. Adams has no professional experience at third.
Freeman isn't close to returning, so the Braves have plenty of time to think this over or even scrap it if Adams slumps or draws sufficient trade interest before the July 31 deadline. Still, the idea that Freeman would have to move for Adams is an attention-grabber.