When the Philadelphia Phillies signed closer Jonathan Papelbon after the 2011 season, Phillies fans thought it was the missing piece. The bullpen had been stellar that season and we had finally found our closer. Like a lot of other things in 2012, things weren't quite what we hoped. The bullpen was awful. Not the worst in baseball, but it wasn't far behind.
"We felt like we had that part of the bullpen handled with [Antonio] Bastardo and [Mike] Stutes, waht they had done the year before. But obviously, the back-end of the bullpen is a volatile position from year to year unless guys have a tremendous track record, which Mike has had," said General Manager Ruben Amaro.
As you've seen in some of my tweets lately, I think the Phillies had other options when looking for an eighth inning reliever to set things up for Papelbon. Francisco Rodriguez was still floating around, is younger, and probably would not have been more expensive. Still, there's nothing wrong with the Mike Adams deal.
CSN Philly has reported that Adams took less money and years to come to Philly. While neither Mike or his agent will divulge who the other serious teams were, it's believed that there were at least three. The other serious contender was a team from the National League East – probably the Washington Nationals. "There was an NL East team that was really in on it. It was a tough choice between the two." Adams continued by saying that other players opinions of the Phillies organization drove him to town. Philly is still a destination of choice for high-profile free agents who want to win. There is still hope Phil fans.
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