Mike Adams
Mike Adams
40-Year-Old PitcherRP
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$Signed minor league deal with the Dodgers in March 2015.
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
April 2, 2015
Adams will not report to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports.
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The Dodgers informed Adams on Thursday that he would not make the Opening Day roster, and it sounds like instead of reporting to Triple-A, the 36-year-old right-hander may just call it a career. Over the course of 10 major league seasons, Adams has posted a 2.41 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 3.25 K/BB. He had a 2.89 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 22 appearances with the Phillies last season.
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Adams missed a significant amount of time again in 2014 as shoulder problems continued to plague him. He was effective when he was able to pitch, but it is fair to wonder if he will ever be able to stay healthy enough to make a real impact for a club again. Adams could decide to retire this offseason. If not, he will likely find some interest in his services by a team hoping to get some solid innings out of him before he breaks down again.
Adams was supposed to provide the Phillies with a dominant setup arm in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon, but a shoulder injury caused him to miss the latter half of the 2013 season. He was scheduled to begin a throwing program in December, and hopes to be ready to pitch in spring training. Whether or not he will still be an effective middle reliever again remains to be seen. His shoulder injury involved tears in the labrum and rotator cuff. This type of injury has often made it difficult for a pitcher to come back and perform at his previous level of performance. If you are looking to grab the next guy in line for saves in Philly, it might be a safer bet to draft Antonio Bastardo or Justin De Fratus until Adams proves he's healthy and effective on the mound again.
Adams had his season cut short due to a neck/shoulder injury, eventually requiring surgery in the offseason for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. His struggles down the stretch as he attempted to pitch through injury took some shine off his season, and cost him several million on the free-agent market as well. After signing with the Phillies in the offseason, Adams will work in a setup role in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon in Philadelphia.
Adams served as Texas' setup man following a midseason trade from the Padres, continuing his excellent run as one of the elite late-inning relievers in baseball. Texas' offseason signing of Joe Nathan, and related move of Neftali Feliz to the rotation, could result in a handful of saves for Adams if the Rangers are reluctant to use the aging Nathan three of four nights on occasion, but you should bid expecting Adams to be an excellent staff filler and setup option and consider any save chances he receives a bonus.
Adams quietly had another fantastic season as a member of the Padres bullpen, aka the "PENitentiary." His walk rate jumped up to 3.11 BB/9IP, but he still struck out more than a batter an inning thanks to one of the best cutters in baseball. A top notch setup man, Adams would excel in a closer role, if ever given the opportunity. Unless Heath Bell suffers an injury or gets traded, he'll be a part of the bridge to the ninth inning.
Last year's stats were driven by a silly .163 BABIP and having 75 percent of the runs he allowed flagged as unearned. That said, Adams is something of an unknown treasure, with a career 2.53 ERA and 4.0 K/BB. If the Padres deal Heath Bell, a healthy Adams -- never a certainty -- could be in line to play Bell to Bell's Trevor Hoffman.
Once a closer for the Brewers, Adams became the latest post-prospect reliever to excel in the Padres' pen, improving his already strong strikeout skills while displaying much better control. Unfortunately, he needed labrum and rotator cuff surgery in October, almost certainly delaying his 2009 debut until some time after the All-Star break.
Adams bounced between four organizations in 2006, mainly serving as a middle reliever in Triple-A. The once-promising prospect now looks like a journeyman who could be past his prime at age 28. He has strikeout stuff (48 K in 59.1 Triple-A innings in 2006), but walks too many batters (22) and gives up a fair number of runs (3.94 ERA). The Padres have a reputation for salvaging middle relievers, but Adams is far from a lock to make the big-league club.
After a breakout year in 2004, Adams took a step back in 2005 and spent most of the season at Triple-A Nashville. While his rate of 11.25 strikeouts per nine innings was strong, his ERA clearly was not. He'll try to earn a setup role this spring.
Adams started strong in 2004 but faded down the stretch in his rookie season. With the trade of Danny Kolb, the Brewers announced Adams will be their closer entering spring training. While his job security will be tenuous, he's shown enough control to think he'll be successful at the job. He's a nice sleeper as a result.
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PLos Angeles Dodgers  
March 31, 2015
Adams will begin his season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
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PLos Angeles Dodgers  
March 17, 2015
Adams says his body continues to respond well to throwing, and he is slated to pitch in Wednesday's game, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
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PFree Agent  
March 1, 2015
Adams has signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Mike Adams: 2015 Club Option Declined
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
October 30, 2014
The Phillies declined Adams' 2015 club option Thursday, Jim Salisbury of CSN reports.
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PPhiladelphia Phillies  
September 1, 2014
Adams (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day DL.
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