Now that the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings are done and over with, the long and calming free agency period begins. The same situation happens every year. Big names will still be looking to sign and until that happens, the rest of the free agents stay put. Once the big name land, then free agency kicks right back up.
If Philadelphia Phillies general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr., wants to make sure his team is able to compete in 2013, then he needs to jump the gun and pursue filling a major need for his team. Amaro needs to go out and sign Mike Adams to pitch the 8th inning for his ball club.
Think about it.
This is the perfect time to do it. While everyone else is waiting in the weeds, which Amaro usually does, he could be pursuing Adams at a higher rate than expected.
Jayson Stark has already noted, earlier this week, that Adams was already on the Phillies list of possible setup men.
Why sign Adams?
He has been dominant throughout his career in the 8th inning and even in the closer’s role. Adams has a career record of 18-15 but has an ERA of 2.28. He did show some signs of trouble last season in Texas, however.
Signing Adams may help the rest of the bullpen out as well. Look back to when the Phillies bullpen was dominant. At that time, Ryan Madson was the setup man. With Madson in the setup role, the rest of the bullpen started to get used to pitching a certain inning, which resulted in better outcomes for the Phillies. So if the Phillies were to get Adams, it would be to the benefit of players such as Antonio Bastardo, Michael Stutes, and youngsters like Jeremy Horst and Phillippe Aumont.
Why shy away from Adams?
Adams, as mentioned before, is coming off of the worst season of his career. He not only struggled with his 3.27 ERA, which is really not that bad for playing in Texas, but he also dealt with injury. In fact, Adams underwent a procedure to treat the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves the neck and shoulder area.
Amaro has already passed on a trade to acquire Wilton Lopez earlier this off season due to health issues. Will Amaro go after a guy who is basically a risk/reward type player? If he does, which would be ideal for the bullpen, then the Phillies could find themselves with a very dominant arm pitching the 8th inning for them in 2013.
David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, MLB, NHL, and NFL with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia sports for Buzz On Broad.