Phils bolster 'pen with two-year deal for Adams
By Todd Zolecki / 12/20/12 1:39 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have found their setup man, signing a two-year, $12 million contract with right-hander Mike Adams. The club officially announced the deal on Thursday.
The contract includes 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 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.
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.