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October 06, 2012

Mike Adams talks free agency

Mike Adams would like to return to the Texas Rangers, but the right-handed setup man is taking a business approach to his free agency.

Adams, 34, is looking to get compensated among the top relievers in the game, something which he feels he deserves.

"I'd like to be back here if it's the right deal and it's the best deal," Adams said. "This is a business and that's No. 1. You have ties to places and you like certain places more than others, but when it comes down to it, this is a business.

"It's my first opportunity and might be my last opportunity at a free agent deal. I'm going to take a look at everything that's out there."

The Rangers, under general manager Jon Daniels, have tended to stay away from multi-year deals for relievers. In fact, Daniels gave his first multi-year, relief deal to closer Joe Nathan last off-season.

Adams is well aware of that, and knows that could factor into whether he returns or not.

"I see the way they work, the way they go about how they sign people," Adams said. "I know we have pretty good depth in pitching in the minor leagues here, but it's always good to have a few veteran guys who have been trhough it."

Adams didn't have his best season, posting a 3.27 ERA in 61 games. He wasn't an option the final week of the season, either, as he dealt with a mild cervical strain and symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Adams said he would have surgery this off-season on the thoracic outlet syndrome, and expects to be 100 percent by spring training.

Adams believes those injuries are why he didn't put up the numbers he has in the past. It also might explain why his velocity dropped this season, according to fangraphs.com.

-- Drew Davison

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