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Nationals interested in reliever Ryan Madson

Feb 11, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

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James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals were among the teams in attendance at Ryan Madson‘s showcase last Friday in Phoenix and came away impressed by the free agent reliever.

Madson reportedly hit 93 mph with his fastball on multiple occasions during the workout and should soon land a minor league contract from one of the 15-or-so clubs that showed up to watch him pitch.

The 33-year-old right-hander hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the 2011 postseason due to elbow issues, but he was among the best late-inning arms in the sport before Tommy John surgery sidetracked his career. Madson posted a 2.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 126/29 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings during his final two seasons (2010-2011) with the Phillies.

  1. dcfan4life - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Simple thought here, you can never have enough pitching. If he was as solid as they say, sign him, its a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. How do you lose?

    • nymets4ever - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Ask the Reds or Angels…hahah

      • David Proctor - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        You mean the two teams who gave him a major league deal with guaranteed money and thus makes the comparison completely inaccurate? I’ll be sure to do that!

      • jm91rs - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Just think, if this guy hadn’t gotten hurt, Aroldis Chapman would be a starter.

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