Found December 15, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
PLAYERS: Mike Adams
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
The neverending train of overpaying relivers continues, with the Phillies agreeing with veteran Mike Adams on a two-year deal worth $12 million with a vesting option for a third season. Adams is coming off of his worst season in recent memory, as he pitched to a 3.27 ERA in 52 1/3 innings with the Rangers, striking out 45 and walking 17. That 2.65 strikeout to walk rate is the worst since he was reborn with the Padres in 2008, and marks the first time since that rebirth that he's struck out less than 20% of the hitters he's faced. The home/road splits Adams had in 2012 point to a reason for some of his struggles, as he allowed three homers in Arlington compared to just one on the road, while also posting better strikeout and walk numbers at home. However, that won't change much going to Philadelphia, nearly as good of a park for overall offensive numbers as the Ballpark in Arlington. Adams is also 34, and coming off of surgery to treat Thorcacic Outlet Syndrome...

Source: Phils reach deal with Adams

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AP sources: Phillies add Mike Adams, John Lannan

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