Adam was traded from the Royals to the Blue Jays for cash considerations Sunday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. Adam, a non-roster invitee, made five appearances for the Royals this spring -- allowing two unearned runs in 4.1 innings while striking out five -- before being flipped to Toronto. The right-hander struggled in his big-league debut with Kansas City last season, finishing with a 6.12 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 32.1 innings of relief. Adam did whiff more than a batter per inning (10.3 K/9), though he also issued too many free passes (4.2 BB/9). He'll provide bullpen depth for his new team.
Adam returned to the Royals on a minor-league deal Monday. The reliever got his first taste of big-league action in 2018 and failed to impress, stumbling to a 6.12 ERA in 32.1 innings. His 26.1 percent strikeout rate was above-average and his 10.6 percent walk rate didn't sink his season on its own, but his very low 25.3 percent groundball rate led to him allowing nine homers. He'll likely be organizational depth again for the Royals in 2019 unless he can figure out how to keep the ball in the yard.
Adam was non-tendered by the Royals on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old righty made his big-league debut last season, but logged a 6.12 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 32.1 innings. Flanagan reports that Adam will re-sign with the Royals in the coming days on a minor-league deal.
Adam was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. Adam struggled to a 6.12 ERA in 32.1 innings for the Royals, allowing nine home runs. Jake Newberry will take his place in the bullpen.
Adam was called back up from Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday. Just a day after being optioned to the minors, Adam will rejoin the big-league club as Ian Kennedy (oblique) was placed back on the 10-day DL. Adam has appeared in 18 games for the Royals in 2018, posting a 4.66 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with a 20:9 K:BB across 19.1 innings of relief.
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