The Texas Rangers reinforced their bullpen in a big way this afternoon with the acquisition of reliever Mike Adams from the San Diego Padres. In return, the Padres will receive pitching prospects Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland.
Adams, who just turned 33 two days ago, is a right-handed reliever who has served as the primary setup man for the Padres this season. Adams has appeared in 48 games and has a 1.13 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched.
Erlin and Wieland both started the year at High-A Myrtle Beach and were promoted to Double-A Frisco in May and June respectively. Erlin was selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2009 MLB draft and Wieland was picked by Texas in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB draft.
It was a pretty steep price to pay for the Rangers as Erlin and Wieland were two of their better pitching prospects. However, that’s the price of doing business at the MLB trade deadline. The Rangers needed to solidify their bullpen and they did just that by trading for Koji Uehara yesterday and now Adams. Give credit to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his team for being aggressive and making the necessary moves to help the Rangers win now.