These are all necessary moves but one of the most glaring faults of the 2012 Phillies was their bullpen. In his first year in Philadelphia, Jonathan Papelbon was reliable. But beyond Papelbon, the Phillies have a lot of question marks. There are a lot of young arms in the bullpen who had roller coaster seasons. The Phillies have dabbled in the reliever market and one might be close to making his decision according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.
“Clubs pursuing Mike Adams say he could sign in next couple of days. Among teams linked to him: Nats, Jays, Phillies, Rangers, Cubs, Brewers”
Adams should sound familiar as the Phillies were very interested in the reliever in July 2011 when he was with the San Diego Padres before they went a different direction and acquired Hunter Pence. Adams, 34, was 5-3 with one save and a 3.27 ERA to go along with a 1.39 WHIP last season, his worst since he debuted with the Padres in 2008. He has a career ERA of 2.28 and a career 1.06 WHIP. He is recovering from offseason elbow surgery.
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