Phillies Get Adams as Setup Man

mike adamsThe Phillies have found their setup man.

MLB.com confirmed the Phillies have agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with right-hander Mike Adams.

The deal has a vesting option for 2015. If Adams makes 120 appearances in 2013-14 with 60 appearances in 2014, the contract vests for $6.5 million. Or if he makes just 65 appearances in 2014 it vests for $6 million. The Phillies also have a club option for $6 million, if Adams doesn’t hit those marks.

The deal is pending a physical.

Adams, 34, went 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 61 appearances last season with the Rangers. In eight seasons with the Brewers, Padres and Rangers, Adams is 18-15 with a 2.28 ERA in 358 appearances. He has a 1.98 ERA over the past five seasons, which is third lowest of any reliever in baseball with at least 153 innings pitched.

Adams had surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome. It is a condition in which a rib bone presses against a nerve, causing pain and numbness in the arm. MLB.com reported in October that Adams is expected to be ready for Spring Training, although that remains to be seen.

KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Tex., first reported late Friday night the Phillies had agreed to terms with the reliever.

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6 Comments

You did everything you could to work ‘Adams Family’ into this piece, hahahaha

Well that one was spelled “Addams”…but this could be an equally horror of a signing (but not funny) if his arm doesn’t return to pre-injury status. Gotta think the FO had him seriously medically vetted before signing him, so maybe the risk is being calculated with inquiries satisfied. 3 yrs is a lot for a questionable arm @ $6 mil/yr.

RAJ is rolling the dice. I guess we can’t ask for more risk-taking…and RAJ’s willingness to stick his neck out. It could be a terrific signing since we lost many a game to the 8th inning non-relief.

So…now on to getting that right-handed OFer w some power on his resume. They don’t grow on trees and with the few free agent OFers remaining it would seem a trade is in order.

Please do not lose that 16th best draft choice…please.

A move in the right direction. The phillies still need a rt fielder with power. A lot of work left if they want to compete with the Nats and braves.

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I like the signing, but don’t expect the skinny ERAS that pitcher friendly San Diego ballpark yields.

…meh…would have preferred Wilton Lopez.

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