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Mike Adams turned down more money, possibly from Nationals, to sign with Phillies

Dec 21, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

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As a follow-up to Mike Adams signing a two-year, $12 million deal with the Phillies that includes a $6 million third-year vesting option, Corey Seidman of writes that the reliever turned down bigger offers:

Adams was in high-demand this offseason–six teams were interested and three were serious, according to agent Josh Yates–and he had offers on the table for more guaranteed years and money. One of those offers was from an NL East team, believed to be the Nationals. He even had opportunities to close.

Adams declined to get into specifics, but admitted “there was an NL East team that was really in on it” and “it was a tough choice between the two.”

So for all of Washington’s success this year it sounds like at least one key free agent turned down less upfront money to play for their rivals in Philadelphia, although Adams indicated that he views the vesting option “as guaranteed money” even if it keeps the Phillies from, you know, actually having to guarantee it.

  1. jtchernak - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    He came to his senses and he realized natitude is dumb

    • paperlions - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Maybe he just liked the idea of being one of the younger guys in the clubhouse, instead of everyone calling him “Gramps”.

  2. natslady - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    This doesn’t make sense to me. The Nationals are not looking for a RH reliever–already got Clippard, Storen, Mattheus, Stammen, and Henry Rodriguez. Nats are looking for a lefty.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Indeed. Why add Mike Adams when you have Henry Rodriguez.

      • natslady - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Well, yes, ggod point..

    • chadjones27 - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      When I read there was another NL East team in on it, I assumed the Marlins. Just for the fact that it doesn’t seem like anyone wants to go there. And then I thought about it and realized the Marlins aren’t really in the spending sort of mind set.

    • protius - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      Maybe he said the Mats; The New York Mats, the door mats of the NL East, and somebody thought he meant the Nats.

  3. 12strikes - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I guess the thought of being “put on the shelf” when he was healthy, and it was near the playoffs was the deciding factor.

  4. chew1985 - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Great signing. Now just one more righthanded bopper please. If no more moves are made, hopefully that person is already in house,…young Mr. Ruf.

  5. phisticuffs - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I sort of miss Craig’s trolling posts. I’m sure he would have postulated that Adams simply wanted to ensure flexibility for October vacations.

    • indaburg - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Craig got into you Phillies phans’ head so much that you now troll yourselves.

  6. kevinleaptrot - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Doubt it was Nats as they’re looking for lefty relievers. Adams just has a taste for shit. Hope he enjoys having the shittiest fans in sports turning on him when he blows a lead.

    • 12strikes - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      ” Hope he enjoys having the shittiest fans in sports…”

      If your a Nats Fan you would know that, god knows Phillies Fans always out number Nats fans at the stadium when the Phillies are in town.

      • natslady - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM


      • philswfc08 - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        another diehard Nats fans since August ’12…

      • 12strikes - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        Your (done on purpose) right Natslady. Damn smart phone predictive spell.

      • natslady - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        LOL. Just checking. Had argument a while back with two gents who said you can’t trust advice from someone who doesn’t know the difference between your and you’re. Wonder how they rate Apple stock?

      • kevinleaptrot - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        always outnumbered, as in past tense. Didn’t see that in ’12, and I attended several Phils games at Nats park. No longer accurate or relevant, just like the Philthies themselves.

      • kinggw - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM


        Exactly right. The Phillies fans only showed up in big numbers when they were winning. As they return to normalcy, you won’t be seeing very many of them in Nats park.

    • natslady - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Kev, strangely, I’m past hating the Fillies. Never thought I’d say that, after bad experiences I’ve had with drunken, belligerent “Phans” at Nats Park. But they are irrelevant now. Have a new hate affair with the Cardinals–gotta eliminate them pronto.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        “But they are irrelevant now”

        Yes, people often get worked up over teams they consider irrelevant

        Said it before and I will say it again – Nats fans sound exactly like Mets fans did in ’06

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        As if there are no asswipe fans in Washington DC…… It’s funny how it only took one good season since, well forever for Nats fans to become intolerable calling their rival fans names and division rivals irrelevant. Lol!

      • tfoz5150 - Dec 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        Nice spelling

  7. biasedhomer - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I think it was the Mets.

  8. mgflolox - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    And yet, still no word on his henchmen…

  9. hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    I thought it was weird he picked Philly and completely eliminated any chance of closing here, barring injury. Glad he did. And if this is true you have to like him even more choosing your team over more money.

    • kevinleaptrot - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Chose them over the chance of either closing or winning.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        Uh huh. 1 winning season and you Nats “fans” are just loving the smell of yourselves.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        two words: Mets ’06

  10. pw38 - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Well, good to see the Rangers players are getting paid when they leave. Not sure the money’s worth it but hey get it where you can get it.

  11. vanmorrissey - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    “….believed to be the Nationals.” I doubt it. If you want to believe that and speculate, go ahead, just speculation that does not make much sense. Would think Marlins would pony it up and who’d want to play there now? Think about it. Adams set up Bell in SD, Bell goes to Miami, Adams before that to Texas. They have a relationship so Bell would of course stay away from Miami at all costs.

  12. leftywildcat - Dec 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    So the Nats’ interest in him might have been only to keep Philadelphia from getting him?

    Looks like a Rangers reunion in Philadelphia with Lee, Young and Adams. Maybe that’s how Rueben signed him.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    • macjacmccoy - Dec 22, 2012 at 6:55 AM

      Lee and Adams never played together.

  13. schmedley69 - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    You would think the Nats could use all of the bullpen help that they can get after that epic, historic meltdown in game 5 against the Cards. Biggest deciding-game choke-job in MLB playoff history.

    • greymares - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      not to mention their starters can’t pitch a full season.

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