The Milwaukee Brewers have yet to make any noise in the 2012 MLB free agency but that could all change soon as they are still in need of pitchers to fill their bullpen. Is there a possibility that the Brewers will bring reliever Mike Adams back to Milwaukee?
The Brewers have been reportedly linked to Adams and have a high interest in the right-hander. The 34-year-old began his career with Milwaukee when he signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He made his Major League debut in 2004 and posted an astounding 3.26 ERA in his first 59 games with the team. The Brewers traded Adams in 2006 to the New York Mets after he had an 11.57 ERA after only two games.
Adams spent a good portion of his career with the San Diego Padres before he was dealt to the Texas Rangers in 2011 at the non-waiver trade deadline. From 2008-2011 he posted some of the best numbers in all of baseball for a reliever. Over that span, he went 11-8 with a 1.61 ERA, 266 strikeouts and 95 holds in 236 appearances.
Adams’ numbers dropped off a bit in 2012 in which he went 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 27 holds in 61 appearances. However, he is still a solid setup man who is loaded with talent.
The asking price for Adams may be a little out of the Brewers price range considering he made $4.4 million this past season with the Rangers, but I could not see Milwaukee offering him more than a two-year contract anyway. Not to mention, Adams could bring the veteran leadership into the clubhouse and improve the bullpen greatly. Considering Milwaukee had the worst statistical bullpen in all of baseball this past year (4.66 ERA), it would certainly be worth the price to bring in a player that could fix that number by himself.
To have Adams setup for closer John Axford would be a dream come true for Brewers’ fans. That way right-handed reliever Jim Henderson could then be used for the seventh inning while relief pitchers Burke Badenhop and Brandon Kintzler work the innings that the starters cannot finish. The fact that Adams has been historically good against both right and left-handed batters is another reason the Brewers should sign him because that is something Milwaukee desperately needs.
The Brewers will have to make Adams a good offer if they want him because the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays and Rangers are all interested in acquiring him.
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