Phillies Sign Reliever Mike Adams and Starter John Lannan
(NEW YORK) — The Phillies have decided they can never have enough pitching. The team has come to terms with reliever Mike Adams as well as starting pitcher John Lannan.
Over the course of his career, Adams has been one of the premier set-up men in baseball. He has signed a two-year deal worth $12 million with the team. This past season with the Texas Rangers, Adams posted a 3.27 ERA, which was his highest mark since 2006.
The bullpen was the Achilles heal for the Phillies last year. The team lost 16 games in 2012 in which they led in the seventh inning or later. They finished seven games back in the National League Wild Card standings. Over the past three seasons, Adam leads all set-up men with 97 holds and has the second-best ERA among relievers who have pitched at least 175 innings.
Meanwhile, the Phillies have signed Lannan to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Lannan is very familiar with the Phillies as he spent his first six seasons with NL-East rival Washington Nationals.
He is 42-52 in his career with a 4.01 ERA, but 3-13 against the Phillies over that time. Against all other teams, Lannan is 39-39 with a 3.80 ERA.
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