Mike Adams, who spent the last season and a half with the Texas Rangers, had been on the Phillies radar before. In July 2011, the Phillies were linked to the San Diego Padres as they were looking for bullpen help and outfield help. The Padres had two promising players in Adams and the right handed hitting Ryan Ludwick. The Phillies pulled the trigger on a deal with the Houston Astros to acquire Hunter Pence then the Padres moved Adams to Texas. Now Adams is finally in Phillies pinstripes as he signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the club.
Adams is rebounding after a somewhat off year in Texas. He appeared in 61 games and had a 3.21 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP and one save. In 2011, Adams had a 1.47 ERA with a 0.79 WHIP and two saves in 75 games. He was impressive in 2010 as well with a 1.76 ERA in 70 games with a 1.07 WHIP. The Phillies are hoping he can return to the 2010/2011 form following October surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Adams had neck and shoulder pain in addition to tingling and numbness in his pitching hand which affected his grip on pitches.
The 6’5” righthander was originally signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He bounced around from the Brewers to the Mets then to the Indians before fighting his niche with the Padres. The Texas native will be a crucial part of the Phillies bullpen most likely responsible for holding down the eighth inning.
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