Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. went to work early on Saturday morning — and possibly didn’t sleep at all last night — to finalize agreements with two veteran pitchers that will be important for their depth in 2013.
According to Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown , the Phillies were moving fast on reliever Mike Adams in the late evening hours on Friday with a Saturday deal likely. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal now reports an agreement between the two sides has been worked out, with Adams accepting a two-year, $12 contract to fill the setup role in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon.
The 34-year-old right-hander has been among the most effective and consistent relievers in the game since the 2008 season. In fact, he posted a sub 2.50 ERA each season until it ballooned to 3.27 in 2012. That rise can be safely attributed to a condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome, which weakened his shoulder, back and neck as the season wore along. In the middle of October, Adams underwent surgery to treat that condition, which should prevent him from being ready for the start of spring training, but it’s believed he could be a full go come opening day.
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