The Rangers have acquired 33-year old righty reliever Mike Adams from the Padres for 20-year old lefty starting pitcher Robbie Erlin and 21-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Wieland. Adams pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Padres this year and he was 3-1 with 1 save, a 1.13 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. He has only given up 26 hits while whiffing 49 batters in his first 48 innings this year which is impressive. The fact that he’s only walked 9 batters this year is also impressive. Adams has now pitched in 270 games (0 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 11-9 with 2 saves, a 2.11 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP!
Adams didn’t come cheap though. Robbie Erlin came into this season as the Rangers’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 20 games (19 starts) in A+AA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 8-4 with a 3.34 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Joe Wieland was the Rangers’ #22 prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America. Wieland pitched in 21 games (20 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 10-3 with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. They are both impressive prospects.
The cost was high for Mike Adams. But the Rangers paid the price just like in the deal for Koji Uehara. Uehara and Adams will team with Neftali Feliz to really lock down the end of games for the Rangers. For that reason, I like this deal for them.