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Phils reportedly reach deal with Mike Adams

The Phils may have found a big team need - a veteran setup reliever - in the form of Mike Adams.

Phils reportedly reach deal with Mike Adams

Phillies fans have been waiting for Ruben Amaro Jr.’s signature offseason “big splash” move all month.

Signing a setup man might not qualify, unless it’s a player regarded as one of the best 8th inning men in baseball. The Phillies have reportedly came to an agreement with that guy.

Late Friday night, KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas, reported that the Phillies and free agent setup man Mike Adams had come to terms on a three-year 

The television station cited a member of the Adams’ family as its source. The 34-year-old Adams is a Corpus Christi native.

Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com followed the Texas TV station’s report with his own Saturday morning, saying the deal was for two years and $12 million, pending a physical. Rosenthal reported the deal includes a vesting option for a third year.

The Phillies have not commented on the rumored deal.

If the Phils do land Adams, it would be a big boost to a bullpen in need of a veteran arm in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon. Adams has a 2.28 ERA in 358 major league games with the Brewers, Padres and Rangers.

Of the 363 2/3 innings Adams has pitched in his career, 228 of them have come in the eighth inning. In that eighth inning work, Adams has a 1.82 ERA with 237 strikeouts and 63 walks.

The Phils had interest in Adams two summers ago when he was traded from the Padres to the Rangers.

Ryan Lawrence Daily News Staff Writer
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