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Done deal: Angels sign Ryan Madson to one-year contract

Nov 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Madson passed the physical exam, so it’s a done deal. He gets $3.5 million in upfront money, plus a $2.5 million “roster bonus” and up to $1 million in incentives based on games finished. So he’s guaranteed less than half of what he got from the Reds last offseason and can earn up to $7 million.


This morning the Angels reportedly were close to signing Ryan Madson and now Jerry Crasnick of says it’s a done deal.

According to Crasnick the rehabbing right-hander will get a one-year contract, assuming of course that he passes the physical exam after missing the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery.

It’ll be interesting to see how much Madson gets, because when the Phillies turned to Jonathan Papelbon instead of re-signing him last offseason his market was limited enough that he settled for a one-year, $8.5 million deal from the Reds. Back then he was 30 years old and coming off a season in which he saved 32 games with a 2.37 ERA and 62/16 K/BB ratio in 61 innings. Now he’s 31 years old and coming off a season in which he didn’t throw a pitch because he needed his elbow reconstructed.

Madson is expected to become the Angels’ closer, which would allow manager Mike Scioscia to use Ernesto Frieri in a setup role.

  1. losangelesfan - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Welcome home. Now, get to work.

  2. iamjimmyjack - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    He’ll likely get between 6-7 million plus incentives which could make it worth 8 million. As an Angel fan, Im pleased with this move. He’ll come here and likely have the same success that Joe Nathan had last year coming off TJ surgery with Texas. If he can be a shut down closer like his past says he can, the Angels will win 5-10 more games than they did last year. The team was one of the league leaders in blown saves last season. This year, with Madson and Kyuji Fujikawa (hopefully) they wont have that same problem. Jordan Walden needs to step up this year though as well. Its about time he lives up to his potential.

    • The Baseball Gods - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Madson was actually only a “shut down” closer for half of a season. If you look at the stats you might be surprised. He only has 52 saves and has blown 26 in his career.

      • Detroit Michael - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Blown saves really include both blown saves and blown holds.

        To use that statistic in a meaningful way, you either have to examine save+hold percentage or use just the blown saves for portions of his career when he was serving as the closer.

      • The Baseball Gods - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Still, his sample size is awfully small for ever being considered a “shut down” closer.

      • iamjimmyjack - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        32/34 save oppurtunities in his first full year as closer in 2011? That sounds like shut down to me. Especially considering the Angels have lead the league in blown saves this year and the last. Shut ur mouth and look up the stats.

      • gem860 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        In actuality Madson didn’t start off the Phils season in 2011 as their closer. He was their set-up man because of his poor performances in the past when he was put into the closer role. In fact, it was injuries/ineffectiveness to two different closers of their choice that year before the Phils were forced to use him in the closer role. Yes, he excelled and saved 32/34 chances that year but his overall track record in that role was not great with the team. The Phils signed Papelbon instead because of that past history.

      • njbrian67 - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        Agree with Gem860. Most of Madsons success in Philly was as an awesome 8th inning guy. They tried him several times over the years as a closer, but it was like he got a case of the yips whenever he was in the 9th instead of the 8th. He finally got past that the last year or two in Philly and he was good. If he’s healthy and on his game, this is a good signing for him and the Angels. He can establish his health and performance and look for a 3 year deal next year.

  3. dutchman45 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Bad move for angels. A year after tommy John usually means much growing pains to get back to where u were professionally before. Walt Jocketty too smart to really want him back.

  4. dkphilly1122 - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Madson has a nastttttttttty change up and definitely can be a “shut down” closer regardless of whatever BS stats you wanna throw out there. As a Phillies fan I was hoping we got him back again. Madson will definitely close out games……especially close games like he did plenty of times for the Phillies. Whatever stats you read about him and blown saves is major BS cause he was the only effective guy to shut the other teams down for the Phillies at the time and I am sure he will bounce back Post TJ. Good luck Ryan.

  5. westcoastredbird - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Adam Wainwright never did regain his command a year after Tommy John surgery. Be patient or you will be disappointed!

  6. jm91rs - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Please stop showing pictures of him in the Reds uniform. The guy had like one long toss session in a reds uni and that was it. Pretty sad statement on his career if that’s the most relevant picture they have of him.

  7. Utley's Hair - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    So Scott Boras’ miscalculation rears its ugly head again. Good luck, Mad Dog. I hope you have a good year so you can recoup some semblance of the value you had prior to your agent’s screwup last offseason.

  8. kingscourt25 - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Angels bullpen goes from atrocious to terrible

  9. natsattack - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:02 PM


  10. briguy68 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Angels fans, if this guy is healthy, he is a steal. As a Phils fan, I was hoping they would bring him back here. When he is on, he is a beast. Good luck Mad Dog.

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