ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Adams says that he'll meet with doctors about his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome issues later this week, but said he believes he'll probably have surgery.
"I'm thinking it's best I probably go ahead and get the procedure done and get it over as fast as possible," Adams said.
The reliever was bothered by a cervical (neck) strain and symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and didn't pitch in the final week of the season. He's a free agent and wants to be sure he's completely healthy for spring training and whatever team he's pitching for in 2013. Adams would like that to be in Texas, but he's going to get the best deal he can.
"If it's the right deal and the best deal," Adams said. "This is a business, man. That's No. 1. You have ties to places and you like certain places more than others. But when it comes down to it, this is a business. This is my first opportunity and might be my last opportunity at free agency. I'm going to take a look at everything that's out there and sit down with my wife and see what's best for us."
Adams said he doesn't care whether he closes or is a setup man, though he acknowledges that if he was a closer, he'd be in position to make more money. But as for his role, he said he'd do whatever he's asked.
"I enjoy what I do. I like what I do," Adams said. "I don't need to be a closer. If I'm compensated the way I feel I deserve to be, that's what's most important to me. If I'm back here, I'd love to be back here setting up again."
Adams had an inconsistent season, putting up a 3.27 ERA in 61 games, though he dealt with injuries, as well. But if Adams has surgery, he thinks it's about a three-month rehab and he'll be 100 percent by the spring.