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July 31, 2011

Jon Daniels on Mike Adams trade

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels held a conference call this afternoon to talk about the team's trade for San Diego right-hander Mike Adams in exchange for Double A pitching prospects Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland.

Daniels said it was a traditional baseball trade, saying: "We get a piece to help us win now, and they get two young starting pitchers for the future."

Adams has a 1.13 ERA in 48 relief appearances with the Padres this season.

Here are some of the highlights from the teleconference in which Daniels said the Rangers were trying to build a deep and functional bullpen:

Daniels said the team will make the corresponding 25-man roster move on Tuesday.
Daniels said Neftali Feliz is the Rangers closer. "He's our guy."
Daniels did say he felt Adams has the capability to close, especially after training under Trevor Hoffman and Heath Bell. "I don't have any doubt he's capable of that [closing role] from the type of pitcher he is and how he goes about his business."
Daniels said Adams was a more desirable trade piece than Bell because he is under control for next season.
Daniels said "competition" was the driving force to acquiring Adams even after the Koji Uehara trade. "Look up and we're in a dogfight for the division with the Angels," Daniels said. "The Angels are a very good club, very good pitching staff. And if we're fortunate enough to get to the postseason, that's a dogfight every night. You need multiple guys to pitch in the back-end of the bullpen. I think we put together a bullpen capable of doing that."
Daniels said Adams and Uehara will be the set-up relievers for Feliz.
Finally, here's what Daniels said about Adams: "Mike was a guy we had targeted from the outset. A guy our scouts really liked and he performed at a high level."

-- Drew Davison

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