Ryan Madson might have been the most indispensable reliever trough the Phillies most successful five-year run in franchise history (2007-2011). Madson not only was an elite set-up man, but even stepped-up as a closer in 2011, saving 32 of 34 games.
After 2011, Madson and the Phillies reportedly had a four-year/44 MM deal on the table, only for it to fall through. The Phillies ultimately dolled out a disastrous four-year/50 MM deal to Jonathan Papelbon, and Madson struggled to find life after Philly. ‘
Madson missed the entire 2012 season, after signing with the Cincinnati Reds, due to a shoulder injury he sustained in Spring Training, that required Tommy John Surgery.
Madson followed that up, by missing the entire 2013 season, after signing with the Los Angeles Angels. Again, arm injuries cost him the season.
So, the idea that Madson, 33 years-old, will be a closer for a team in 2013, is a little far-fetched.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury hears that their is actually mutual interest between Madson and the Phillies, to get a “low-risk, high-reward” type of deal done.
Yes, sources tell me they do. In fact, I hear that Madson has some interest in rejoining the Phillies, as well. Obviously, he has missed the last two seasons with elbow problems, but at 33 he might be an excellent low-risk, potential high-reward signing.
Salisbury also says Madson will audition in front of teams, sometime in early 2014.
We hear Madson will audition for clubs early in the New Year and the Phillies will surely keep tabs on him. He’d probably have to take a minor-league deal and prove himself, but a Philadelphia reunion might serve him and the team well.
I’m not against a minor-league deal for Madson, but I’m no sure it would be worth it in the end. In addition to having a great repertoire of breaking balls, Madson made a living off of throwing his fastball in the high-90′s. After not pitching for two-seasons, and two more birthdays, it’s fair to wonder if he can still throw that hard. And if he can’t, I’m just not sure how effective he could be at the big-league level.