After a pair of injury wrecked seasons the Phillies have declined their $6 million option on right-hander Mike Adams for 2015.
Signed to a two-year, $12 million contract after a five-year run as one of the elite setup men in baseball, Adams continued to pitch well for the Phillies but was limited to a total of 44 innings in two seasons.
He had a 3.50 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio in those 44 frames, so even at age 36 he should have plenty of interest from teams wanting to sign him to an incentive-laden one-year deal.
Mike Adams has rejoined the Phillies’ bullpen, coming off the 60-day disabled list after being sidelined since June with a shoulder injury.
Adams has thrown just 42 total innings for the Phillies with a month remaining in a two-year, $12 million contract and the 36-year-old right-hander will try to show that he’s at least somewhat healthy before hitting the market as a free agent again this offseason.
Adams has a sparkling 2.37 ERA in 10 seasons, but he’s topped 60 innings just three times and has been totally healthy in back-to-back seasons exactly once.
Before being activated from the DL he made three minor-league rehab appearances at Triple-A, allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings.
So much for the Phillies possibly trading Mike Adams before the July 31 deadline: The rehabbing right-hander has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list, which means he won’t even be eligible to return until early August.
Adams came back from a series of injuries to post a 2.12 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 innings, but was shut down in early June with fraying in the labrum of his shoulder. There’s no guarantee he’ll be healthy enough to return at all this season, let alone early enough to show something in time to be traded as he finishes a two-year, $12 million contract.
So far Adams has logged just 42 innings for the Phillies during that deal and at age 35 his strong run as a top-notch setup man may be over.