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Angels release injured reliever Ryan Madson

Aug 5, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

Ryan Madson AP AP

Ryan Madson‘s tenure with the Angels is officially over. According to Alden Gonzalez of, the team announced this evening that the injured reliever has been released.

After missing the entire 2012 season following Tommy John surgery, Madson signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Angels last November. The plan called for him to serve as the team’s closer this season, but numerous setbacks with his surgically-repaired elbow prevented him from ever pitching for the club. The closest he got was a single minor league rehab appearance back on May 13.

Gonzalez reported at the end of July that Madson’s rehab had “plateaued again,” so it’s highly unlikely we’ll hear from him again this season. The 32-year-old hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since the NLDS in 2011, so he’s not going to have another multi-million dollar contract waiting for him this winter.

  1. bigx21 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Wow. What a bad move from the Halos. Waste 3.5 mils $ for 0 game!! Coming from a Halos fan, worst move from them this year, close by the signing of J. Hamilton!!

    • detroitfanatic - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      If they had it all to do over again, and were forced to choose, they’d re sign Madson, then double his salary just to prove how stupid your statement was!

      3 mil for no production is better for the team than 100 mil for no production. They would have a hard time finding a taker for Hamilton if they threw in Trout for free.

    • mashoaf - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      So glad the M’s lost out on Hamilton!

    • jhorton83 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Hate to point out the obvious again, but what HASN’T been a bad move from the Halos the last few years?

      • tuberippin - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:28 AM

        Drafting Mike Trout

  2. losanginsight - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Jerry Dipoto should fire himself.

  3. bigx21 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Also signing of Hanson, Blanton, Vargas, Burnett, and all other signing this off season!!

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Hanson = Not a signing

    • rayc91 - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:44 AM

      If you were an Angel fan you would have known that Vargas was a bright spot in the rotation before he got hurt. Vargas was named pitcher of the month in May which any regular fan would have know. If we can resign him this year without overpaying him, a 1-2-3 punch of Weaver, Wilson, and Vargas will make our starting pitching pretty solid compared to years past. Think twice before posting gibberish

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    • detroitfanatic - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Does your friend’s mom know she’s getting scammed and will never see a penny from you? If she can speak English, maybe she should proof read you’re post next time.

      • tuberippin - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:29 AM

        …the irony

  5. detroitfanatic - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Not too disappointed this guy didn’t make it. He was a closer for 1 year for the Phils, then got greedy. He signed with a greedy rep, and asked too much from teams. He thought he deserved Jonathon Papelbon money. Now he’ll gladly take Jonathon Pettibone money

    • ilovekneegrows - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      “Now he’ll gladly take Jonathon Pettibone money”

      No, no he wouldn’t. He has been paid $9.25M since he last ML pitch. Just shy of $25M for his career.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        $12 M, actually. $8.5 M in 2012, and $3.5 M this year. His 2012 contacrt had a 2.5 M buyout

  6. Utley's Hair - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Boras screwed him royally.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Oh yea!! IMO, best case scenario for him for the next 2 years is $2.5M next year (after incentives…probably only $1M guaranteed), followed by about $8 M in 2015. Again, best case – i.e. EVERYTHING goes right.

      That would give him $23M in 4 years after leaving the Phillies. Not chump change by any means. But not the $40 M that Boras told him to reject

  7. mianfr - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Maybe Mike Trout is just the exception to a horrifically run organization.

    • gibbyfan - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      they only got mike trout because the bigger fools Yankees signed texiera and they got him as a compensatory pick………….yanks are the one team that seems to rival angels for really stupid signings

      • jarathen - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        Also something like 23 teams passed on him.

      • km9000 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Not to defend the Yankees, but the Angels had back-to-back picks, the second of which (the Yanks’) was Trout. But if they’d had only the one, they would’ve taken him. Although looking at it now, it’s looks like that first slot was compensation from the Mets for K-Rod. Hm.

  8. jkaflagg - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Although the idea that Madsen could come back immediately as a closer was always a fantasy, the fact that he couldn’t come back at all was simply bad luck….usually when a guy comes back from an injury his contract is often filled with “make good” clauses that share the risk between the player and the team. But Madsen was quite durable before his injury and there were other teams interested, so the Angels had to offer a pretty heavy contract – and it went about as well as everything else has this year…..

  9. andreweac - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    At least his aggregate WAR with LA was better than Gary Matthews, Jr.

    • dondada10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:23 AM

      Didn’t Sarge Jr. get 5 year for 50 mil?

      Angels have been handing out shitty contracts for a while now.

      Mo Vaughn?

  10. halohonk - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Madsen’s elbow was structually fine after tj surgery he just could never get past the mental part of coming back. Good ridance .Vargas was decent til the bloodclot. Burnett was good til he went down. Blanton is the move Jerry will kick himself in the but for. 2 yrs at $16.5 mil ouch. I think Arte wanted to steal some of the Dodgers thunder when they opened their checkbook and started signing guys to big contracts thats why the Hamilton deal. Jerry wanted to resign Tori & keep Greinke but Arte wanted Josh and all the pub. That move tied Dipoto’s hands and he was forced to scramble for pitching when there was slim pickins available. We could have had a nice rotation of Weave, Greinke, Wilson, Vargas and whoever. With Hunter for a couple more years. All we would have needed was a decent closer and were looking good. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Now we got to start all over. Clean house Starting with Scioscia, Butcher and Grandpa the hitting coach. Get some big time starting pitchers in here! A power hitting 3rd baseman (Trumbo he can play if he works hard at it) and a big time closer, sorry Ernie 95 straight down the pipe aint gonna cut it for a closer. Arte build a winner on the field not on paper.

    • km9000 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      I’m with you except for Trumbo at third, and I doubt they would’ve kept Greinke anyway. But we’d so much more flexible without Hamilton and Pujols, esp in the outfield now that Calhoun is up. And all that extra money could gone to pitching and a 3B. Sigh.

  11. officialgame - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Scott Boros strikes again. He has boat loads of info on all his clients to sell to GM’s except the one that matters most, their medical records.?

  12. tvguy22 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Should have stayed with the Phillies.

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