AP sources: Phillies add Mike Adams, John Lannan

The bridge to Jonathan Papelbon could be a little smoother for

the Philadelphia Phillies next year.

The Phillies added a setup man and starter, agreeing to a $12

million, two-year contract with reliever Mike Adams and a one-year

deal with lefty John Lannan.

Two people familiar with each deal said Saturday the contract

was subject to a physical. They spoke on condition of anonymity

because the agreements were not yet final.

Adams is expected to fill the eighth-inning role for the

Phillies. The 34-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA last

season for the Texas Rangers.

The 28-year-old Lannan replaces Vance Worley in the starting

rotation. Worley was traded to Minnesota last week. Lannan was 4-1

with a 4.13 ERA in six starts for the NL East champion Washington

Nationals this year.

Philadelphia has been interested in Adams for a few years, and

he fits a pressing need. The Phillies had trouble protecting leads

before Papelbon took the ball in the ninth inning. Their 4.89 ERA

in the eighth was next-to-last in the majors, and they allowed a

league-worst 24 home runs in the inning.

Adams had surgery in October for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a

numbing sensation in his fingers that sidelined him the last week

of the season, and he’s expected to recover by spring training.

Adams gave up three home runs in the span of five batters in his

last appearance after allowing one in his previous 60 games.

Despite coming off his least-effective season since his rookie

year, Adams has been one of the premier setup men in baseball for

several seasons. From 2008-12, Adams has a 1.98 ERA in 297 games

with 311 strikeouts to 81 walks in 295 innings.

Overall, Adams is 18-15 with a 2.28 ERA in 358 appearances – all

in relief – in eight seasons. He pitched for Milwaukee and San

Diego before joining the Rangers during the 2011 season.

Adams’ deal includes a club option for 2015 that also would

become guaranteed at $6 million if he has 65 games pitched in 2014.

His 2015 salary would become guaranteed at $6.5 million if he has

120 games pitched in 2013 and 2014 combined, with at least 60 in

2014.

Lannan was 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA in 2011, and received a $5

million salary when he lost in arbitration. Washington sent him to

Triple-A for most of this year, and he entered the rotation in

September after the Nationals cut short the season of ace Stephen

Strasburg because of a team-imposed innings limit.

Lannan is 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA in 134 games – all starts – in

six seasons for Washington. Lannan is known in Philadelphia for

being the pitcher who broke Chase Utley’s hand in 2007 when he hit

him with a pitch. He’s struggled throughout his career against the

Phillies, going 3-13 with a 5.53 ERA. Lannan is 39-39 with a 3.80

ERA against the rest of the majors.

Adams is the second former Rangers player to join the Phillies

this offseason. They got seven-time All-Star infielder Michael

Young in a trade this week.

Young fills Philadelphia’s void at third base and Ben Revere was

acquired from the Twins to play center field. With Adams and Lannan

on board, the Phillies’ biggest need is a corner outfielder who

hits for power.

After winning five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World

Series, the Phillies finished 81-81 last season. They’re hoping to

make another run in 2013 despite a roster filled with high-salaried

former All-Stars who appear to be on the downside of their

careers.

AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this

report.

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