#37 / San Diego Padres
Jul 29, 1978
The Rangers were expected to acquire a San Diego reliever at the deadline...the only question was, which reliever?
Texas ended up acquiring Padres setup man Mike Adams, who turned 33 yesterday and who is under team control through 2012, in return for lefthanded minor league pitcher Robbie Erlin and righthanded minor league pitcher Joe Wieland.
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Adams is very good. He strikes guys out, he misses bats, and he doesn't walk a bunch of hitters. He's got a 2.05 FIP and a 2.69 xFIP this year, and those numbers both are consistent with what he did in 2009 and 2010. He relies heavily on his cutter, throwing it 60% of the time this season, and as a result, to the extent he has a platoon split, it is a reverse platoon split...he's more successful against lefthanded hitters than righthanded. This allows Washington to use either Adams or Oliver against lefties late (along with Koji Uehara, who also doesn't show much of a platoon split), which I think makes it likely Arthur Rhodes is either d.l.'d or DFA'd on Tuesday to make room for Adams on the roster.
Bottom line, Adams is the team's best reliever right now, and Uehara is arguably the team's second best reliever. If Neftali Feliz can get back to where he was last season, the Rangers suddenly have a dangerous, and deep, bullpen, the type of pen that can turn games into six inning affairs.
As for the guys given up...well, we've talked about Erlin and Wieland a lot. Adams is good, and thus the price for him was not cheap. And you know, if this were a decade ago, when the farm was weak and we were perpetually in search of young pitching, I'd probably have a problem with this move.
But now? The Rangers have a lot of young arms in the majors and on the farm. Erlin and Wieland were two of the better ones, but they weren't high-ceiling, game-changing type arms. They are guys who look like they should have nice, solid major league careers, and who will benefit from being in San Diego, but are mid-rotation starters. The Rangers gave up guys who will probably out-WAR Adams over the course of their careers, but given the stable of arms in the system, they are pitchers the Rangers can afford to part with in order to shore up their chances of winning this year and next.