Mike Adams, San Diego Padres: Most people pick Luke Gregerson as the next-in-line to Heath Bell, whose name has spent as much time on the rumor mill in the past calendar year as Adams has spent on the disabled list throughout his career. And therein lies the problem with Adams: He's injury-prone. Period. He's also a better pitcher than Gregerson when healthy. In the past two seasons with the Padres, Adams has a 1.85 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 10.47 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio and .175 batting average allowed in 91 appearances, that number of appearances only one shy of his number of disabled-list days during that span. But Adams also lacks any discernible platoon split, � la Bell, while Gregerson lacks an out pitch versus left-handers, � la another former Padres reliever who once put forth an amazing, out-of-nowhere season, Cla Meredith. Adams should get just as long a look as Bell's successor if he can merely stay healthy until then.
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