If one thing has become clear this off-season, it’s that the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t willing to take a chance on risky free-agent talent.
Missing out on outfielder Josh Hamilton and right-handed starter Ryan Dempster (both inked free-agent contracts Thursday), general manager Doug Melvin seems to be sticking to his guns this winter.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that all is lost.
Still needing to find replacements for departing relievers such as Francisco Rodriguez, Jose Veras, Manny Parra and Kameron Loe, Melvin could be looking to find big-name bullpen help for next season. One such name that has been brought up in discussion is 34-year-old right-hander Mike Adams.
Fittingly enough, recent reports indicate that Adams may in the next few days decide where he will play in 2013, and beyond.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported Thursday that the Brewers are linked to the veteran right-hander.
Clubs pursuing Mike Adams say he could sign in next couple of days. Among teams linked to him: Nats, Jays, Phillies, Rangers, Cubs, Brewers—
Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 13, 2012
Last season, Adams posted a 3.27 ERA (3.52 FIP, 3.95 xFIP), 1.39 WHIP, .327 BABIP and 7.8% HR/FB% over 52.1 innings as a member of the Texas Rangers’ bullpen, which was a far cry from his outstanding 2011 campaign where he hoarded a 1.47 ERA and walk rate of 5.1 percent.
Adams broke onto the big-league scene with Milwaukee in 2004 as a 25-year-old and stayed with the club through the 2006 season.