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Phillies to sign free-agent reliever Mike Adams to two-year deal

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Looks like Adams is on his way to setting up for Papelbon in Philly. (Getty Images)

The Phillies have agreed to sign free-agent relief pitcher Mike Adams to a two-year contract, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. Multiple reports indicate the deal is worth $12 million.

Adams, 34, had a 3.27 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings for the Rangers last season, stranding 17 of his 23 inherited baserunners. He was one of baseball's premier set-up men from 2009-11 but took a step back last season, though there might have been a good reason for that.

Adams is coming off surgery that removed a rib to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome -- which affected his neck, back and shoulder late last season -- and must pass a physical before the deal is finalized. So, basically, if the deal goes through, we can assume he has no lingering issues.

Thoracic outlet syndrome can cause numbness in the arms, and Adams noted late in the season he was having trouble all year getting a feel for the baseball. Thus, if the issue is resolved, it's a good bet he'll return to dominant form.

Adams would immediately become the Phillies' set-up man in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon and would give them a pretty admirable one-two punch at the back-end of the bullpen.

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