Rangers pick up Mike Adams before trade deadline

The Rangers  announced Sunday, just 90 minutes ahead of the expiration of the non-waiver trading period, that they had acquired San Diego RHP Mike Adams in exchange for minor league pitching prospects LHP Robbie Erlin and RHP Joe Wieland.

The Rangers will control Adams through next season, which is one of the reasons they targeted him over Padres closer Heath Bell. He is making $2.53 million this season and should likely jump to the $4-5 million range for next season.

From the Rangers press release:

Adams, who turned 33 on Friday, has gone 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA (6 ER/48.0 IP) over 48 relief appearances with the Padres this season, recording 49 strikeouts against 9 walks. He has recorded one save with 23 holds and finished 5 games.
Opponents have batted just .155 with a .197 on-base percentage and a .256 slugging mark against Adams this season. Right-handers have just a .107 (8-75) average against him in 2011.

The 6-foot-5 Adams’ 1.13 ERA ranks as the 3rd-lowest among major league relievers (minimum 0.3 IP/Team G) and is 2nd-lowest in the National League. His .197 opponents on-base figure is the 3rd-lowest in the majors behind only San Francisco’s Sergio Romo  (.183) and new Ranger Koji Uehara  (.191). He has a 5.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio that ranks 5th in the N.L. and 8th in the majors. Adams’ 23 holds rank 3rd in the majors behind only Washington’s Tyler Clippard (26) and Boston’s Daniel Bard

Over the last three seasons beginning in 2009, Adams has gone 7-2 with 76 holds and a 1.31 ERA (22 ER/151.2 IP) in 155 relief appearances with San Diego, holding opponents to a .163 average with a .221 on-base percentage. The ERA, holds, opponents average, and opponents on-base figures are all the lowest in the majors in that span (minimum 120.0 IP).

A native of Sinton, Texas, near Corpus Christi , Adams still lives in that area and played baseball and basketball at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Originally drafted by Milwaukee, Adams has also pitched in the New York Mets and Cleveland organizations, and was acquired by San Diego from Cleveland in exchange for former Ranger Brian Sikorski on July 18, 2006.

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