Phils reach agreement with reliever Adams
Deal is for two years, $12 million, with vesting option
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA — The 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 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, Texas, first reported late Friday night the Phillies had agreed to terms with the reliever.
Phillies agree to one-year deal with Lannan
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies not only found their setup man this weekend, they also found their fifth starter.
Sources told MLB.com that the Phillies have agreed to terms with right-hander Mike Adams to be their setup man and left-hander John Lannan to be their fifth starter. CSNPhilly.com first reported the Lannan deal. CBS Sports reported Lannan has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
The deals are pending physicals.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., recently said the club was looking for a low-risk, high-reward starter to replace Vance Worley, who the Phillies shipped to Minnesota in the Ben Revere trade. Lannan seems to fit the bill.
Lannan, 28, is 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA in 134 starts in his career, which he has spent entirely with the Nationals. But Lannan, who has started twice for the Nationals on Opening Day, became expendable in a stacked Washington rotation.
Lannan is a ground-ball pitcher, which could help him at Citizens Bank Park, although he has a 6.49 ERA in eight career starts in Philadelphia.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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- CSN: Phils have deals with pitchers Lannan, Adams (csnphilly.com)
- Phillies add a pair of arms (philly.sbnation.com)
- Phillies add FA reliever Adams, starter Lannan (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
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