Former Phillies pitcher Terry Adams - yes, the same Terry Adams who went 0-2 with a 12.82 ERA before he was designated for assignment on May 24 - agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
The deal would pay him $500,000 if he pitches in the majors. For that to happen, the 32-year-old would need to arrive in better shape than he was at the start of last season, when he arrived at Clearwater looking quite rotund.
To his defense, Adams hasn’t had a bad career, including a career-best 2.65 ERA in 66 games for the ’03 Phils. He has been used in the past as both a starter and reliever. The Pirates likely view him as insurance for a bullpen thin with right-handed arms.
The odds are about a million-to-one against Adams fitting in with the Pirates youthful starting rotation, which is stocked with young guns. According to the AP, Adams will make an extra $10,000 in 2006 for pitching in 45 games, $20,000 for 50 games, $30,000 for 55 games and $40,000 for 60 games.
As a matter of fact, there’s a fair chance the Pirates will have an all-southpaw starting rotation next season if Kip Wells is dealt, Josh Fogg is non-tendered and Mark Redman is inserted back into the mix. Left-handers Zack Duke, Oliver Perez, Dave Williams and Pat Maholm all project into the starting rotation.
Meanwhile, the Phils are looking at another all-right-handed rotation.
Marlon Anderson signs two-year deal with Nats
Here’s another head-scratcher. The Washington Nationals signed former Phillies second baseman Marlon Anderson to a two-year, $1.85 million contract.
Anderson is a nice spare part for a National League team, but two years? Why?
Anderson doesn’t stick into starting lineups anymore, and at this point, it’s clear he’s just an emergency option at second and first. More appropriately, he’s a pinch-hitter. He did a servicable job subbing at second for the Mets after injuries to Kaz Matsui and Miguel Cairo, hitting .267 with 7 homers and a .708 OPS.
The Marlon Andersons of baseball are a dime a dozen. I’m not sure what Jim Bowden had in mind by signing Anderson for two years at this kind of money. He’s not worth adding beyond a season. Actually, he’s treading in minor league contract territory.