Liking his ability to hit to all fields and possessing the ability to turn the double play with quick hands and a strong arm, the Mariners wanted the second baseman in a package that included Jesus Montero.
However, when the trade was discussed in early June, Adams was on the disabled list with a right ankle problem. The Mariners didn't like the medical report and flushed him out of the deal. Adams had season-ending surgery on the foot on Aug. 2, 2010.
More than a year later, the foot is still an issue for Adams, a third-round pick in 2008 from Virginia.
"There is no reason why he shouldn't get back from a broken bone in his foot," minor league head Mark Newman said of the 24-year-old Adams, who is rehabbing at his Florida home. "This coming spring training is going to be an important period for him. He is a talented player."
But he's also a talented player who hasn't played much since May 2010. That season Adams batted .309/.393/.507 in 152 at-bats for Double-A Trenton. This year he spent more time on rehab in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League than he did playing for high Class A Tampa, where he batted .308/.368/.365 in a dozen games.
"He played a couple of days and then was fatigued," Newman said. "He would come back and play and the same thing would happen."
His last full season was 2009, when he hit .286/.373/.443 between low Class A Charleston and Tampa. If the foot allows him to play the way he did before the injury, the Yankees believe they have something.
"He hits to all fields, drives the ball and hits it over the fence," Newman said. "He can really turn the double play. His hands are fabulous. He gets the ball out of the glove so fast, it doesn't look like it touches it. He does that like (Robinson) Cano."
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