Right-hander Mike Adams, the Rangers' eighth-inning set-up reliever since being acquired at the 2011 July 31 trade deadline, isn't expected to return for 2013.
General manager Jon Daniels said that while the door is open for a return, he expects that the free-agent will seek a multi-year contract. The Rangers typically don't sign bullpen pieces to those kinds of deals.
Adams had surgery last month for thoracic outlet syndrome, and should be ready to go by spring training. He is getting his first crack at free agency and said that he will take a business-like approach to it.
"I think Mike's earned the right and put up performances indicative of a substantial contract," Daniels said. "Historically we haven't done those kinds of deals."
The Rangers have three holes to fill in the bullpen -- Adams, fellow free-agent Koji Uehara and Alexi Ogando, who has been moved to the rotation. Daniels said that the Rangers want Uehara to return, and they have also discussed a minor-league deal with right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama.
The Rangers declined a$1 million option on Tateyama last month.
-- Jeff Wilson