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July 31, 2011

Rangers announce trade for Padres' Mike Adams

The Rangers have acquired right-handed reliever Mike Adams from San Diego for Double A pitchers Joe Wieland and Robbie Erlin, both considered top-10 Rangers prospects.

Adams comes at a higher price tag than Heath Bell because he is under club control through next season. He was expected to replace Bell at closer next year, but could very well end up replacing Neftali Feliz if the Rangers put him in their rotation.

Adams has been terrific for the Padres the past three seasons, posting a 1.31 ERA and a .163 opponents average in 155 appearances.

The addition comes a day after the Rangers acquired Koji Uehara from Baltimore. Uehara (.191) and Adams (.193) have the second- and third-lowest opponents on-base percentage in the majors this year behind only Giants reliever Sergio Romo (.183). Adams' 1.13 ERA is third-lowest by a reliever in the game.

-- Jeff Wilson


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If starters and defense keep giving up 7 runs before the end of 6 innings then great relievers don't count as much.

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