Rangers complete bullpen upgrade with Adams

Tim Brown
Yahoo! Sports

The Texas Rangers had a single objective while nearing the trade deadline, that being to strengthen their bullpen, and in 24 hours they acquired two lock-down relievers.

Shortly after adding right-hander Koji Uehara(notes) from the Baltimore Orioles, they traded for Mike Adams(notes), the San Diego Padres right-hander with a 1.13 ERA over 48 appearances.

Mike Adams is on the move after four seasons in the San Diego bullpen.
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While speculation had the Rangers targeting Padres closer Heath Bell(notes), they went instead for Adams, paying two well-regarded minor league starters – Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland – for him.

Bell will be a free agent at the end of the season. Adams, like Uehara, is under contractual control through 2012. And, like Uehara, will be used to set up for Rangers closer Neftali Feliz(notes).

[Related: MLB trade deadline tracker]

Adams, 33, holds right-handed hitters to a .107 batting average. Lefties hit just .194 against him. His ERA has been below 2.00 in each of the past three seasons.

Adams was considered the closer-in-waiting for Bell. He could end up closing for the Rangers in 2012 if Texas considers Feliz for its starting rotation next spring, as the club did last spring.

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