While the corner outfielders still remain something of a
mystery, the Phillies went about filling some of their last remaining needs for
2013 with a pair of free-agent additions to their pitching staff. Long-time
Washington National John Lannan replaces Vance Worley as a low-price hand at
the back end of the rotation, while Mike Adams bolts from the Texas Rangers to
become the bullpen’s eighth-inning specialist.
Lannan gives the Phils a lefthander-heavy rotation, but only
for one year at $2.5 million. For that price, the club obtains a starter who
has been fairly consistent during parts of six seasons in the big leagues. For
his career, the 28 year old is 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA and 1.424 WHIP. He became
expendable last season, which he spent most of down in the minors due to
Washington’s loaded staff. He was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six regular season
starts, 10-13 with a 3.70 in ’11.
Seems like a fine short-term move that is also cost
effective. Nothing to get excited about, but then again when you already have Cole
Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee, guess you can’t be too greedy.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are banking heavily on Adams to
seize the setup role for slightly longer, signing the 34 year old to a two-year
deal worth $12 million. There is also a vesting opting for a third year that is
triggered by appearances. The contract puts him in the top 10 highest average
salaries for a relief pitcher.
Now joining his fourth ball club, the righthander is 18-15
with a 2.28 ERA and 1.056 WHIP in parts of 8 Major League seasons. His numbers
did take a step back last season however. Adams was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA and
1.395 WHIP. His 9.6 hits per nine innings were way above his lifetime average
of 6.9, while strikeouts per nine were 7.7, down from 9.0 for his career. Jim
Salisbury also mentions that Adams is currently recovering from a procedure to
correct blood circulation and feeling in his fingers. He’ll be fine, but could
be brought along slowly at the beginning of the season.
Obviously Ruben Amaro Jr. is counting on something of a
bounce-back year from Adams, not that last season was awful. If he can get back
to pre-2012 numbers though, he and Jonathan Papelbon could become a dominant shutdown
one-two punch late in games.
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