Just when you think that the Philadelphia Phillies are being too quiet, they swipe down out of no where and make a signing. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. continued his great off season by reaching an agreement on a contract with veteran reliever Mike Adams.
This deal was first reported late Friday night via Twitter by KRIS 6 Sports (@KRISsports). The source for the report came directly from the Adams’ family themselves. KRIS 6 Sports also reported that Adams’ brother posted the news on his Facebook page.
Ken Rosenthal as well as other sources were able to confirm the news this morning. The deal is still pending a physical but it is a two-year contract for $12 million with a vesting option on a third year, which would bring the total deal to $18 million.
Adams had been on the Phillies radar for the past couple of seasons. Despite dealing with symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves the neck and shoulder area, Adams looks like he could fill the 8th inning role perfectly for the Phillies. Adams did undergo a procedure to treat the symptoms and looks to be ready for Spring Training.
The Phillies are not just signing a good reliever, they are actually signing a dominant reliever. Adams’ ERA has been amazing throughout his eight years in the MLB. Despite having a 3.27 ERA in 2012, Adams still recorded a 2.05 ERA away from the launchpad also known as the Ballpark in Arlington.
Amaro definitely struck gold with this signing. Now that the 8th inning role is filled, Amaro only has two spots left to fill for his 2013 roster. Next up could be a power outfield bat. With the singing of Adams, Amaro may be able to deal one of his young relievers for a bat. Look out because the Phillies are definitely not done making moves.