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Phillies Sign RHP Mike Adams

RHP Mike Adams (Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

RHP Mike Adams (Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

According to KRIS-TV of Corpus Christi, TX, a family source confirms that the Phillies have signed right-handed reliever Mike Adams, pending a physical.

The deal is said to be worth $18 million, and is a three-year deal. The third year is a vesting option if Adams pitches 120 innings in 2013 and 2014, with at least 60 of those innings coming in 2014.

Adams, 34, is coming off another solid year with the Texas Rangers. Adams went 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 61 appearances. Adams struck out 45 and had a WHIP of 1.395 in 52 1/3 innings of work.

Adams has a 1.98 ERA over the past five seasons, which is third lowest of any reliever in baseball with at least 153 innings pitched.

The addition of Adams bolsters a weak bullpen that was one of the worst last season.

Phillies Sign RHP Zach Miner

According to Fox’s Jon Morosi, the Phillies have signed right-hander Zach Miner to a Minor League contract, including an invitation to Spring Training.

Miner, 30, hasn’t played in the Majors since the 2009 season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and has pitched in the Tigers farm system ever since.

In 157 Major League games, 35 of them starts, Miner has a 25-20 record with a 4.24 ERA. Last season in 29 Minor League games, Miner posted a 2-0 record with a 2.79 ERA while striking out 23 and walking 22 in 42 innings of work.

Miner isn’t the impact reliever the Phillies are looking for, instead just an insurance piece that could be called up during the season if someone gets hurt, or if Miner performs well with the IronPigs.

Rosenthal: Phillies Reportedly Interested In Ibanez

Free agent OF Raul Ibanez (Tyson Trish/NorthJersey.com)

Free agent OF Raul Ibanez (Tyson Trish/NorthJersey.com)

The New York Yankees could possibly lose designated hitter/outfielder Raul Ibanez in free agency.

The Phillies are apparently one of the few teams interested in picking up Ibanez, according to Ken Rosenthal. Along with the Phillies, the Mariners and Rangers are interested in Ibanez.

The Phillies are the only National League club on that list, which is a bit of a surprise. A reunion with Ibanez would receive a mixed response from the fans, seeing as they don’t need another aging left-handed hitting corner position bat.

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Phillies CF Options Get Thinner As Angel Pagan Signs With Giants

The San Francisco Giants have inked free agent Angel Pagan to a four-year deal, according to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal.

Pagan is the second legitimate center fielder the Phillies were interested in that signed with a different team. B.J. Upton signed with the Braves last week.

Rosenthal reported on Friday that the Phillies and Giants were the front runners to sign Pagan.

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Rosenthal: Phillies, Giants Going After Pagan

The Phillies pursuit of B.J. Upton failed when he signed a five-year, $75.25 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.

But the Phillies pursuit of a starting centerfielder is far from over. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Phillies are interested in free agent Angle Pagan, having offered him a four-year deal.

The Phillies aren’t alone. Pagan’s former club, World Champion San Francisco, has also offered Pagan a four-year deal.

Rosenthal writes:

Pagan’s injury history concerns Phillies officials, sources say — he has played in more than 123 games only twice in his career, including last season when he appeared in a career-high 154.

His speed, athleticism and offensive ability, however, are all enticing.

Pagan last season batted .288 with a .778 OPS and stole 29 bases in 36 attempts. His numbers out of the leadoff spot — a .290 batting average and .829 OPS in 338 at-bats — were even better.

Phillies Non-Tender Nate Schierholtz

The Phillies have decided to non-tender free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz.

The Phillies could still look at Schierholtz as a backup option in the outfield. But first they need to find a starting center fielder.

Shierholtz was acquired in the Hunter Pence trade.

Phillies In the Running for B.J. Upton

The Phillies are one of three teams that will most likely land free agent outfielder B.J. Upton.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Phillies and Atlanta Braves are the top two candidates to land Upton, with a mystery team also involved. The mystery team could be either Cincinnati or Washington.

The Braves are said to have a slight edge on the Phillies, with the final offers being issued this week. Where Upton will land could be determined in that time.

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Phillies Interested In Youkilis

The Phillies are in desperate need of a third baseman, and Kevin Youkilis is on their radar.

Fox Sports baseball writer Jon Morosi said the Phillies, along with the Dodgers and Indians among other teams, are interested in the 33-year-old free agent third baseman.

Youkilis may have lost a step from when he was a dominant hitter and almost-guarantee on-base guy but he can still play and manage at-bats, something the Phillies desperately need from that position.

Youkilis’ value is extended from where he can play in the field, which includes both first and third base. This would give the Phillies an option to spell Ryan Howard and have both Youkilis and Kevin Frandsen in against tough left-handed pitching.

Youkilis played with the Red Sox from 2004 until being traded in the middle of the season in 2012. Youkilis hit a career-low .235 with another career-low .745 OPS with the Red Sox and White Sox combined.

Game 95: Phillies Cole Hamels vs Giants Matt Cain the Only Story

Phillies SP Cole Hamels. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

PHILADELPHIA — Centered around the Phillies season is Cole Hamels.

With the team in the middle of its worst season in over a decade, retaining Hamels is their focus. With the Giants in town today, another player being the indirect focus during these contract negotiations will pitch against Hamels today.

Matt Cain, whose contract is what the Phillies will base their contract off of, will face Hamels today on National TV, a 4:05 game on FOX.

Let’s look at what these two pitchers have done this season:

  • Hamels: 18 starts, 11-4 record, 3.07 ERA, 125 strikeouts, 1.087 WHIP.
  • Cain: 18 starts, 10-3 record, 2.56 ERA, 124 strikeouts, 0.955 WHIP.

Cain, 27, also has a perfect game and two shutouts under his belt this season while Hamels, 28, has none. Cain’s 0.955 WHIP is also the lowest in the Majors.

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Talks Between Phillies, Cole Hamels Intensifies

The Phillies want Cole Hamels.

They want to sign Hamels so bad that the Phillies, ”are really not even entertaining (trade) offers at this point,” according to a source of Jayson Stark’s. Their goal is to sign Hamels before the July 31 deadline.

More from Stark:

Another source said the Phillies are now willing to sign Hamels to a six-year contract, a first for any starting pitcher in club history. For months, length of contract has been the No. 1 sticking point in the negotiations. The Phillies initially offered Hamels a four-year extension last offseason, but they came to the conclusion they had no alternative but to soften that stance as Hamels draws closer to becoming a free agent this fall.

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