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7/29/1978 (38 y, 6 m, 24 d)
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Adams will not report to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports. (4/2/2015)
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Part of the unknown and unhittable Padres relief corps, Adams is expected to be among the top contenders to take over the closer’s role when Heath Bell is inevitably traded. That will make him a pricey setup man on draft day, but he has value even while waiting for the Padres to relocate their portly closer. Over the last two years, he has the lowest FIP of any reliever in baseball. His numbers compare favorably to Mariano Rivera. He’s just as good against left-handed batters as right-handed ones, so he’s not living off of specialized usage. The strikeout rate isn’t as crazy high as someone like Carlos Marmol, but the whole package is better, and Adams is probably the most underrated pitcher in the game today. You could argue that he might be better than Bell right now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Padres moved him earlier than expected in order to let Adams establish himself as a premier closer in 2011. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
While he's not guaranteed save opportunities out of the gate, he'll almost certainly get a bunch after Bell is traded, and he's been good enough to think that he'll become an elite closer the minute he's handed the role.
Arguably the best non-closing reliever in baseball over the last three or four seasons, Adams somewhat predictably saw his home run rate spike (from 0.38 HR/9 to 1.05 HR/9) following his trade from the Padres (and spacious Petco Park) to the Rangers (and the cozy Ballpark In Arlington). He remains a dominant high-strikeout (9.00 per nine in four straight years), low-WHIP (sub-1.10 in four straight years), low-ERA (sub-1.80 in three straight years) setup man that's a must own in holds leagues, and it won't take much for him to see some save opportunities with Neftali Feliz moving to the rotation and the aging Joe Nathan set for ninth inning duties. The homers could push his ERA closer to 2.00 than we're used to seeing, but it's a small price to pay for an elite holds reliever. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
There's no reason to expect Adams to not be one of the best non-closing relievers in baseball next season, as he'll offer a ton of strikeouts to go along with a low WHIP and ERA. His home run rate figures to climb a bit, but he's also got a chance to see more save opportunities with the Rangers than he ever did behind Heath Bell with the Padres.
From 2008-2011 pitching for the Padres and Rangers (mostly with the Padres), Mike Adams threw 242.2 innings with a 1.71 ERA and .902 WHIP. Pretty darn good. Last year on the Rangers those numbers inflated to a 3.27 ERA and 1.395 WHIP. Not so great. Back in the National League on the Phillies, Adams should have better results but his declining strikeout rate is also pretty worrisome. From 2008-2009 Adams' averaged a 10.5 strikeouts per nine, from 2010-2011 it was 9.4, and in 2012 Adams' only struck out 7.7 batters per nine. That's obviously not a good trend. Additionally, batters are not only swinging at less pitches outside of thestrikezone against Mike Adams, but they are making contact at a higher rate on those swings than ever before. Again, that's obviously not a good sign. Bottom line, Mike Adams is still a solid reliever and $12 million for two-years isn't a regrettable deal for the Phillies, but for fantasy purposes, Adams' relief ace reputation likely precedes him. (
The Quick Opinion:
Coming off of his worst season of his career and surgery in October for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Adams is looking to rebound in 2013 on the Phillies.
A shoulder injury derailed most of Adams' 2013 season. Adams and the Phillies are hopeful that he will be ready for spring training, but rehab from surgery to his shoulder and then also for a sports hernia put that in question. Even if he does return, Adams himself has voiced concern about recovering his velocity, which averaged just 89.8 mph last season compared with a 91.9 mph career average. The 35-year-old reliever relies heavily on a cutter, which can also be adversely affected by a decline in velocity. The Phillies will hope he can recover and return to setup duties, but it's safest for fantasy owners to put him on their watch lists and ignore him on draft day. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Adams missed a large chunk of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury. It's questionable if he'll be able to return to his previous career heights.
Mike Adams could end up in a late-inning role wherever he lands in 2015. His ability, when he’s healthy, isn’t much in question. His health, thanks mostly to a bum right shoulder that has been through surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome as well as two labrum tears and a torn rotator cuff since October 2012, is the concern. In fact, he missed most of the 2014 campaign because there was more fraying in his right shoulder labrum. No surgery this time, at least; he made three appearances for the Phillies in September. Adams’ ailments likely have something to do with his recent troubles with walks, but he doesn’t deserve a free pass at his age. Below-average velocity has forced him to become increasingly reliant upon breakers, too. He could sniff save opportunities in 2015, but they’d surely be byproducts of team attrition. The play – if there is one – would be in deep holds leagues, where he could eventually prove to have been a cheap reserve or to be a sneaky pickup. (Nicholas Minnix)
The Quick Opinion:
Adams first has to prove that he’s healthy – and can stay that way for a meaningful length of time. If he does, then he might turn out to be a low-cost source of holds in deep leagues.
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