The Los Angeles Dodgers are over one week into Spring Training and while the focus has been on workouts and injury issues plaguing the roster, the club has also remained active in adding players to the organization.
On Sunday, the Dodgers announced the signing of veteran reliever Mike Adams to a Minor-League deal with an invitation to big league camp. Adams becomes the latest player with a checkered medical history to join the Dodgers and fourth pitcher since camp opened to sign; joining David Aardsma, Brandon Beachy and Dustin McGowan.
Adams spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, appearing in 22 games and compiling a 2.89 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 2014. A shoulder injury limited Adams to just 18.2 innings pitched last season, during which the right-hander had a 2.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio and averaged 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
Prior to signing with the Phillies ahead of the 2013 season, Adam was among the game’s better setup men. He became a free agent after last season when the Phillies declined their $6 million option. Adams appeared in just 50 games over two seasons with the Phillies as he battled injury issues and said last August his lack of productivity with the club had him feeling as though he was stealing money.
Adams broke into the Majors in 2004 with the Milwaukee Brewers and his other stops include time with the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers. He’s holds a career 2.41 ERA, 3.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
Dating back to January, the Dodgers were said to have been in the market for a reliever and they’ve since added multiple options to camp. In order to make the roster, Adams will compete with the likes of Aardsma, Pedro Baez, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Santos. The 36 year old will wear No. 0 and becomes the 62nd player in camp.
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