Well, it appears that the Phils have finally found their 8th inning guy. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Phils are about to land Mike Adams. Browns writes…
The Philadelphia Phillies are closing in on a two-year deal with reliever Mike Adams that includes a vesting option for 2015, a source told Yahoo! Sports. The club expects the deal to be finalized as soon as Saturday.
The deal is now official. Mike has signed a two-year deal worth 12 million with a vesting option for a third year. Adams, 34, has been one of the best relievers in the game in the past few years. Mike was 5-3 with a 3.27 era last season for Texas. He is coming off a an injury though. He had a rib removed in the off-season. That is likely why is WHIP was 1.39 last season and opponents hit .269 off of him.
Here is his numbers in the past couple of seasons prior to 2012…
Record ERA Strikeouts Walks Innings WHIP Opp. Aver
2009- 0-0 0.73 45 8 37.1 0.59 .111
2010- 4-1 1.76 73 23 66.2 1.07 .196
2011- 5-4 1.47 74 14 73.2 0.78 .167
The dude is a stud. The 8th inning will no longer be a problem Phils fans…
Here is a quick scouting report on him from his former manager Bud Black of the Padres..
Adams throws hard with a fastball in the mid-90s mph. He is not afraid to pitch inside. He is effective against both right and left-handed batters. “He’s got the fastball inside. He’s got the cutter/slider inside. And he commands the outside of the plate (against right-handed and left-handed batters). The command is good, the stuff is good and the head’s good.