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Phils reportedly reach deal with Mike Adams

The Phils may have found a big team need - a veteran setup reliever - in the form of Mike Adams.

Phillies fans have been waiting for Ruben Amaro Jr.'s signature offseason "big splash" move all month.

Signing a setup man might not qualify, unless it's a player regarded as one of the best 8th inning men in baseball. The Phillies have reportedly came to an agreement with that guy.

Late Friday night, KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas, reported that the Phillies and free agent setup man Mike Adams had come to terms on a three-year

The television station cited a member of the Adams' family as its source. The 34-year-old Adams is a Corpus Christi native.

Ken Rosenthal of followed the Texas TV station's report with his own Saturday morning, saying the deal was for two years and $12 million, pending a physical. Rosenthal reported the deal includes a vesting option for a third year.

The Phillies have not commented on the rumored deal.

If the Phils do land Adams, it would be a big boost to a bullpen in need of a veteran arm in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon. Adams has a 2.28 ERA in 358 major league games with the Brewers, Padres and Rangers.

Of the 363 2/3 innings Adams has pitched in his career, 228 of them have come in the eighth inning. In that eighth inning work, Adams has a 1.82 ERA with 237 strikeouts and 63 walks.

The Phils had interest in Adams two summers ago when he was traded from the Padres to the Rangers.