Phillies Bolster Rotation And Bullpen, Sign John Lannan and Mike Adams

An article by posted on December 15, 2012

john lannanWhile the Mets try to upend their rotation and trade R.A. Dickey for prospects, the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a one-year deal with starting pitcher John Lannan and a two year deal with reliever Mike Adams.

Lannan’s deal is for a reported $2.5 million in guaranteed money with another $2.5 million in achievable bonuses according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The agreement is pending a physical.

Lannan, 28, went 4-1, with a 4.13 ERA, in six starts for Washington, most of them coming late in the season after the team shut down Stephen Strasburg for the year. He is 42-52 in a six-season career, with a 4.01 lifetime ERA. But that record is skewed by a 3-13 mark in 19 career starts against the Phillies. Against all other teams, he is 39-39 with a 3.80 ERA, and 17-15, 3.76 against the rest of the NL East.

The Phillies’ deal with Mike Adams is for two years and worth $12 million with a third-year vesting option, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Adams, 34, is one of the best set-up men in baseball and leads all set-up men in holds over the last three seasons with 97. His 2.06 ERA in that three year period ranks second in the majors among relievers who worked at least 175 innings.

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