So Adams remained with the Yankees with what was diagnosed as a bone bruise in his foot. Eventually a broken bone was discovered and his season was limited to 39 games for Double-A Trenton.
After taking the fall off, Adams worked out in Tampa, and the Yankees hope he is ready for spring training.
"He will start at Double-A because he missed so many games," farm director Mark Newman said. "(Second baseman) Corban Joseph will be there, too, so there will be a logjam. We will see how it goes."
The Mariners weren't the only team high on the 23-year-old, who was taken in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Virginia.
"He is a big, strong guy, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds," Newman said. "He can drive the ball, has good hands and can really turn the double play. (Robinson) Cano is great at it. This guy can really turn it because he has good footwork and a good arm."
In his third professional season, Adams was putting together easily his best year. A career .276 hitter heading into the season, Adams hit .309/.393/.507 with three homers and 32 RBIs in 152 at-bats.
However, Adams' last game was May 22. The break in the foot wasn't discovered until August.
"It never got better and subsequent X-rays showed a small break, and we shut him down," Newman said.
Joseph or Adams could see work at third base next year to get both players in the lineup.
• The Yankees continue to cast a wide net for relievers this offseason, signing Buddy Carlyle out of Japan, where he notched a 14-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio for Nippon-Ham this season. They've also signed lefties Neal Cotts and Andy Sisco as well as outfielder-turned-righthander Brian Anderson to minor league deals.
• General manager Brian Cashman said Rule 5 selections Robert Fish and Dan Turpen will get a chance to earn spots in the Yankees' bullpen during spring training. Fish, a 22-year-old lefthander, was taken from the Angels. Turpen, a 24-year-old righthander, was lifted from the Red Sox after opening the season with the Giants. Neither pitched above Double-A in 2010.