Monday’s trade was a bolt out of the blue for Jason Adam.
Adam was with Class AAA Omaha, preparing for batting practice in Colorado Springs when he saw manager Brian Poldberg and pitching coach Larry Carter headed his way.
“I thought, ‘What’s this about,’” Adam said by phone. “And then they told me, and I was like, ‘Seriously?’”
Seriously. The Royal acquired slugger Josh Willingham on Monday for Adam, the former Blue Valley Northwest pitcher who was the Royals’ fifth-round pick in 2010.
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“It’s always been a dream of mine (to pitch for the Royals), but more than that, my dream is to be in the major leagues,” Adam said. “I have nothing but love for the Royals. Dayton (Moore), J.J. (Picollo, assistant general manager), Scott (Sharp, director of player development), everybody, the way they handled this, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Adam said that Picollo called him and Sharp texted: “I’m sorry to see you go.”
“I am sad to go from the Royals, but at the same time, I am excited for this opportunity with the Twins and couldn’t be more excited,” Adam said. “I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Royals. It’s been a blessing to be part of the organization for four years.”
Adam, who was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 15 relief appearances for the Storm Chasers, also embraced the fact that the Twins want him.
“That’s a huge blessing that they are interesting,” he said. “There is nothing more that you can ask for as a baseball player in the minor leagues than a team that wants you. I’m very blessed. It’s a weird feeling, bittersweet to say the least, but I’m excited to get started with this new opportunity, this new chapter in my life.”
And who knows? The local kid who hoped to pitch one day at Kauffman Stadium might get that chance. But it would be with the Royals’ division opponent.
“At this point, there’s nothing I’d love more than that,” Adam said. “I want to pitch in the big leagues, I want to dominate in the big leagues. I’m going to be in a Twins uniform now. To be able to come home with a visiting team, there will be just as many friends and family there, I would imagine.”
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