Mike Adams, John Lannan added to pitching staff
The 34-year-old right-hander had a 3.27 ERA and 1.395 WHIP last season in 2012 - so-so numbers for a reliever, pretty terrible when you hold them up to Adams' stats from 2008-11, when he had a 1.71 ERA and 0.902 WHIP in 236 games with San Diego and Texas, which acquired him at the trade deadline in 2011.
Adams' age and occasional injury issues are reasons for concern, but when he's good he's pretty much the best set-up guy in the game.
Lannan, 28, had been the most consistent pitcher on a generally awful Nationals pitching staff before they turned that business around over the past couple of years. It was a shock last season when the Nationals decided to send the southpaw and his $5 million salary to Triple-A and keep Ross Detwiler as their No. 5 starter. Lannan eventually joined the Nats' staff in September and went 4-1, 4.13 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 6 starts — numbers that pretty much mirror the type of pitcher he's been throughout his career. Maybe getting to be around Cliff Lee & Cole Hamels will help him learn some lefty tricks that will give him a Jamie Moyer-esque career boost as he approaches his 30s. It's not a bad risk at one-year, $2.5 million.