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The Rangers have checked in on Ryan Madson

Jan 7, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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The Rangers signed Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14 million contract in November, but that didn’t stop them from pursuing closer Andrew Bailey before the Athletics traded him to the Red Sox late last month. And now they have checked in on free agent reliever Ryan Madson, reports Jon Heyman of

I don’t have my Hot Stove handbook with me at the moment, so I’m not sure if “checked in” is closer to “kicked the tires” or “sniffing around,” but most contenders would be smart to give Scott Boras a call considering how Madson’s market has deteriorated since his reported four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies fell through. The great majority of teams have already settled on closers, so he could end up being a really nice bargain for someone. That said, the Rangers do have some pretty good depth in the back of their bullpen with Nathan, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara and potentially Alexi Ogando.

Madson, 31, posted a 2.37 ERA, 32 saves and a 62/16 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings last season with the Phillies. He has a 2.89 ERA over the last five seasons.

  1. cintiphil - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Someone has to pick this guy up. He is too good to last much longer. The Philthy’s will miss him.

  2. mikeyrivs23 - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    He was a great set up man for so long, then finally figured out the closer role. It’d be a blow to go back to set up for a team, but it may be his best option on a one year deal, then hit free agency next year and become closer? My personal preference would be to sign with the Mets, as Frank Francisco is TERRIBLE and will not be closing come May.

    • greymares - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      mikeyrivs23 He would get about 6 save oppurtunities with the Mets. lol.

      • mikeyrivs23 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

        Haha, yes, very true.

  3. gallaghedj311 - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    RAJ give him a one year deal and send him packing…..

  4. streatordave - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Good deal for the Rangers for a one year deal. No more as he is over 30 years old. You just can not have enough good pitching. Think “Super” C.J. Wilson doing a flop @ WS last year.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    There is a big difference between “Checked In” and “Signed”. However, the flames in the old hot stove still need to be stoked.

  6. cur68 - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Maybe its just society but is ignoring high priced free agents the new black? Well, whatever. I shall take no interest till they are realizing traction on Madson.

  7. mojosmagic - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Bottom line, Boras screwed this up. Wherever he ends up will be for less then if signed with Philadelphia. The place he wanted to be at.

  8. muckthefets23 - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Mojo you’re 100% right the sith lord Scott boras totally screwed Madson out of anything but a one year deal and now his market which wasn’t great to begin with since there were so many closers out there, is completely in the toilet. I hope he gets picked up somewhere but somehow I don’t see it being a contender. Wouldn’t mind the phils taking a one year deal on him to setup Pap though.

  9. cowhawkfan - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    The Rangers are just smart enough to sign this guy to a one year deal even if it cost them $10M a year. He’d be a great addition to their bullpen and alleviate some of hurt from losing CJ (and yes, losing him is a huge loss to the Rangers…). Extending the bullpen talent means the starters can go only 5 or 6 innings and then its Madsen, Orando, Nathan an whoever else they throw out there. If nothing else, Madsen is a huge step up from Oliver.

    • gt929 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      Huge step up from Oliver? 2011 stats:

      ERA- DO 2.29, RM 2.37
      WHIP- DO 1.14 RM 1.15
      K/BB ratio- DO 4:1, RM 3.875:1
      BAA: DO .236 RM .243

  10. chadjones27 - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Are we even sure the Phillies had a wink-nod $44mil deal with Madson? It seems like within 4 minutes of that deal being leaked, they signed Papplebon. So, maybe Boras didn’t screw him out of anything.

  11. drmonkeyarmy - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    He should have accepted arbitration with the Phillies and hit the closer market next year when it won’t be quite so saturated. Of course, it is easy to say this in hindsight.

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