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Friday, October 31, 2014

Phillies Rumors: Philadelphia declines Mike Adams option

By on 10/31/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies struggled to their second straight 73-win season in 2014. At 23rd in runs scored and 20th in ERA, the Phillies need improvements across the board. Looking to the future, the Phillies expect to make several moves to improve the team in years to come and make the team younger. One move that come as no surprise is that the team declined the option on right-handed reliever Mike Adams.

According to the official Twitter feed of the Philadelphia Phillies,
Jim Salisbury of also noted that the option on Adams was for $6 million for the 2015 season. Adams, who was signed prior to the 2012 season for $12 million over two season, spent two injury-plagued years with the team. He now becomes a free agent.

The move was expected, particularly with the emergence of Ken Giles at the back end of the bullpen setting up Jonathan Papelbon.

Adams was one of the best setup men in baseball from 2009 through 2011, but appeared in only 50 games in his two seasons. Although he pitched to a respectable 3.50 ERA in 43 2/3 innings, he just was injured far too much and in the end, he feels regret for how everything worked out.
“There probably isn't anyone more disappointed by the situation than myself. I proclaimed it would be a good three-year deal, and obviously it hasn't worked out that way. I said I didn't want to steal money, and that's exactly what happened.”
Adams, a ten-year Major League veteran, has pitched for the Brewers, Padres, Rangers and Phillies. The 36-year old has a career record of 21-20 with a 2.41 ERA in 408 games.

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