Late Friday night reports began to be published regarding the signing of Relief Pitcher Mike Adams. Having a veteran like Adams to come in before Papelbon would be very beneficial. With 237 strikeouts, 63 walks and an ERA of 1.82 (eighth inning), the 32 year old has some of the best eighth inning numbers in all of the MLB. He has played a total of 358 games with the Brewers, Padres, and Rangers – maintaining a 2.28 ERA.
The deal is not yet clear as the Phillies have not mentioned anything on the rumored deal. However, late at night on Friday KRIS-TV, a local Texas sports station, reported that Mike Adams did in fact come to terms on a three year deal. On Saturday morning, Ken Rosenthal said the deal was for two years and $12 million, pending a physical. Shortly there after, Rosenthal continued reporting that the deal includes a vesting option for a third year.
Mike Adams suffered multiple knee injuries before 2008 and recently had rib-removal surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome.
Yahoo Sports says the injuries must not be a problem as the Phillies hope to finalize a deal will with the set up man by Saturday.