The Philadelphia Phillies had plenty of bullpen woes last year. Promising guys like Mike Stutes got hurt and free agency “help” such as Chad Qualls was total ass. So, heading into this season they needed to fix that.
And they may have gotten some help on the back end, according to Ken Rosenthal, who says that the Phils have agreed to a two-year contract with former Texas Ranger Mike Adams.
“Source: Adams in agreement with #Phillies on two-year, $12M deal with vesting option. Pending physical,” Rosenthal tweets.
That pending physical isn’t a joke. Adams is coming off of surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome, and no, we don’t know what that is. But, if he’s healthy, he’s one of the better relievers in all of baseball. The Phillies plan would be to use him as the bridge to Papsmear.
And since the Phils shipped off Vance Worley in the Ben Rivere trade, they now have a hole in the starting lineup. According to Jim Salisbury, they have plugged that hole with force and glory by signing former Washington Nationals starter John Lannan.
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“Sources: Phillies have agreement with LHP John Lannan, pending a physical. Busy weekend for Phils, who also have agreement w RHP Mike Adams,” tweets Salisbury.
The problem with Lannan is that he’s not good. Yes, he was the Nationals opening day starter in 2010, but so what? The Nationals were terrible then. That was pre- Strasburg, Gonazalez, etc. Even as a fifth starter, he might not be good enough. We predict he’ll be long relief by June barring injuries to another starter.