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Phillies interested in reunion with Ryan Madson

Dec 24, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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Ryan Madson has signed two sizable contracts with two different teams since leaving Philadelphia as a free agent after the 2011 season, but he’s yet to throw a pitch in a big-league game because of elbow problems. And now he might be returning to the Phillies.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are interested in a reunion with Madson and the right-hander “has some interest in rejoining the Phillies.” Salisbury suggests that it would have to be a minor-league deal with a chance to win a bullpen job during spring training, but the odds of Madson securing a guaranteed contract anywhere else at this point seem pretty slim.

  1. mdpickles - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Madson? No way..dude is waaay too young for the Phils.

    • biasedhomer - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      33 years old, fits right in.

  2. ochospantalones - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Madson left on pretty bad terms. I don’t know what actually happened, but it seems that Madson believed they had agreed to a new contract with the Phillies and then Ruben Amaro screwed him to sign Papelbon instead. Somewhat surprising he’s willing to come back; I guess he must really be low on other options. It’s a shame he’s had so much trouble making it back from injury, he was a very good pitcher for the Phillies and generally seemed like a good guy.

    • metalhead65 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      at this point he will sign with anybody stupid enough to offer him a contract. he stole what 12 million from the reds and then the angels were stupid enough to give him 8 million. it’s not like he needs the money. he probably figures if he makes the team and can go through year without getting hurt he has another 10 million dollar payday coming.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        “Stole” money from Cinci? Because he got injured?

        Right – because as we all know, the Reds (like all teams) will gladly pay players if they perform beyond the terms of the contract.

      • metalhead65 - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        yeah he stole it he never pitched 1 inning of spring training. signed his contract and blew out his arm playing catch.there is no such thing as performing beyond your contract when you make the kind of money these players do. they should perform like that every year. do you really think choo is going to have the same year he did with the reds? will he offer to take a cut if he doesn’t? please spare me the poor under paid player arguments. I am all for getting what you can but at least earn when you do.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        So Madson stole money because he did not play up to his contract, but it is impossible for a player to play beyond his contract?

        In other words – Madson’s performance did not match his $8.5 Million, but Mike Trout performance did match his $510,000 (ranked 562nd in pay)?

        Guaranteed contracts have winners and losers. The Owners and the Players agree on the structure. Madson did not steal from the Reds, and the Angels did not steal from Trout

      • metalhead65 - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        it is set up perfectly for for the players. trout gets a half million a year so excuse me if I do not shed any tears for him. he will make up for being ‘underpaid” in arbitration if he keeps playing like he has and will make an obscene amount from the Angels to keep from becoming a free agent or in free agency if he even gets there. the owners have to make sure these guys are the real deal before they give them the big contracts or else everyone could end up with madsen type deals. getting paid to nothing.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        I did not say you should shed tears for Mike Trout. I am saying you should not shed tears for the Reds.

        Ryan Madson and the Reds signed a contract. Neither side violated the terms of the contract. Period. If you want to claim the Reds did not get a return on their investment, I agree

      • metalhead65 - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        as a reds fan I will shed tears because that was millions wasted they could not afford to lose. ok so technically madson did not steal the money but he sure did not earn it. the Angels were morons for paying him that money after what happened with the reds. even if he was healthy it takes a year to get back to normal after that surgery.if the phillies or any team pay him anything more than the league min. then the GM should be fired immediately.

  3. delsj - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    From all accounts, Madson loved Philly. Things haven’t worked out as he planned over the last two years, but he did get more than enough money to set his family up for life. It would be great to see him back in Clearwater this spring, but he might be better off trying to re-establishing himself with a fanbase that hasn’t seen him perform at a very high level. As a bonus, if there is bad blood with him and Amaro, hopefully he could negotiate with a new Phillies’ GM next year.

    • xmatt0926x - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      He loved Philly, but remember that his wife didn’t. When out and about in town some fans apparently had the audacity to say hello to him and a few even asked for autographs. Well this didn’t sit well with his wife who stated “this is why none of the pro athletes who play in Philly stay there in the offseason”.

      Poor gal. I hope she can forgive and forget the awful fans shouting out to Ryan while he walks the streets. I’m sure if he had a much more quiet and private career sitting in a cubicle somewhere that she could still be living in a mansion and driving a Mercedes.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        Google it – Sarah Madson has said many time the quote was taken out of context, it was supposed to be off the record, and she was referring to one groupie in particular

  4. newpairofsox - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.

    • metalhead65 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      MERRY CHRISTMAS! that’s right I said it!

  5. nymets4ever - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I hate players who sign for big money and then never play…bums

  6. ken14andersonforhof - Dec 27, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    HE SUCKS…threw one pitch in spring training for the Reds a couple years ago, collected his 14 million dollars, wimped out and quit for the season…What a quitting wuss…

    • macjacmccoy - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      so does you mother…. and often.

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