Sunday, December 16, 2012
Bullpen will certainly look different in 2013
By Richard Durrett
Besides the Josh Hamilton news conference in Anaheim on Saturday, the other news involving a former Ranger belonged to Mike Adams.
The right-handed reliever agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal (pending a physical) with the Phillies that includes a vesting option for a third year. Adams can earn that third year if he appears in 120 or more games in the first two years or in at least 60 games in 2014.
Adams joins Scott Feldman (Chicago Cubs) and Koji Uehara (Boston Red Sox) as bullpen members who have signed with other clubs this offseason. Others could follow.
The Rangers never expected to have Adams back, figuring he'd try to get a lengthy multi-year deal, which he did. The club has signed Joakim Soria this offseason, hoping he can be a part of the back end of the bullpen at some point a few months after the season starts. Josh Lindblom was picked up in the Michael Young trade (like Adams, he is a Phillie) and Tommy Hottovy and Cory Burns will get some looks this spring as well.
The bullpen will certainly take on a different look in 2013. One constant: Joe Nathan will close. But with Alexi Ogando moving to the rotation and other pitchers going to other teams, how the rest of that relief corps slots will be one of the interesting things to watch for the rest of this offseason and in spring training.