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If any doubt remained about the Reds' intentions for the 2012 season, it disappeared this evening -- they're going for it. GM Walt Jocketty continued adding to his new-look pitching staff by agreeing to terms with Ryan Madson on a one-year deal. Scott Boras represents the right-hander, who figures to become the closer in Cincinnati's bullpen.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported the move (on Twitter). Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the deal is worth exactly $10MM.
MLBTradeRumors | Reds to sign Ryan Madson
Well, it's not the huge deal the Phillies almost gave him before they turned to Jonathan Papelbon, but it sure is a lot of money for a guy who hasn't closed much.
The Sox were allegedly still in on Madson, but they obviously wouldn't have gone to this kind of money, so this isn't really a loss for us. What it is is affirmation.
The deals for Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon, which already looked pretty good, look better in my eyes. Sure, we had to give up some players, but they were low-ceiling players. With the budgetary issues we allegedly have, and the value we place on relief pitching, being able to acquire two solid relievers under team control for cheap looks like the right move.
Maybe Madson's better, but I wouldn't be comfortable giving him that kind of money (considering we have limited resources compared to what we've already spent). If we're going to use that money, it would be best on a starter at this point, but that's looking less likely to happen the more time goes on. Check Sean McAdam's story in the links for more on that point.
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The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign closer Ryan Madson pending a physical examination, a major league source confirmed to FOXSports.com.
Madson likely will be the Reds closer, after saving 32 games with a 2.37 ERA for the Phillies last year. Philadelphia replaced Madson early in the free-agent period by signing Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, 50 million contract.
The moment that the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon, I knew Ryan Madson was gone. Loyalty? Nope. Why not? Because as a ballplayer in this day and age, you have to set yourself up for the big contract. Madson got an $8.5 million, one year deal with the Reds. The big deal is not this year for Madson. It is next year when other closer jobs became available. According to baseball analyst...
Dead Calm. Ryan Madson without a care in the world, moments after fishing partner Jonathan Papelbon went missing.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) It seemed innocent enough; The Philadelphia Phillies former closer taking the high priced free agent who took his place out on the high seas for some fun in the sun.
Ryan Madson thought he was a shoe in for the...
The Cincinnati Reds continued their bold offseason by signing the top free-agent closer on the market – Ryan Madson – late Tuesday night.
And the Reds didn’t just land the best closer available, they got him at a relatively cheap rate. Multiple reports say that Madson inked a one-year contract that will pay him $8.5 million guaranteed, and gives him the potential...
Free-agent closer Ryan Madson and the Cincinnati Reds reached an oral agreement on an $8.5 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.
It’s not just us. Grantland’s Jonah Keri has nothing but praise for Walt Jocketty’s off-season moves – particularly the Ryan Madson signing.
Here’s what we knew about the pitching market heading into this offseason: There were exactly zero elite free-agent starting pitchers available, and roughly 83,000 closers. Any time there’s little separation in talent...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:41 pm ET
By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and Uber agent Scott Boras are at odds right now.
Both men have disagreed on what led then-Phillies closer Ryan Madson to sign a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. He signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the team.
The Cincinnati Reds have signed former Phillies closer Ryan Madson to a one-year deal, according to a source.
Another member of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies departed the team, not unexpectedly, when Ryan Madson signed a one-year $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. The MVP of the 2008 Phillies World Series champions?The latest word on Cole Hamels in the media is that the Phillies are seeking a one-year deal. Not good for the long term.Cole Hamels is rumored to gain...
The Reds have agreed to sign Ryan Madson, Jon Heyman of SI.com tweets. Scott Boras represents the right-hander, who figures to become the closer in Cincinnati's new-look bullpen.
Madson posted a 2.37 ERA with 9.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 48.8% ground ball rate in 60 2/3 innings for the Phillies in 2011. The 31-year-old saved 32 games in his first full season as a closer. Last week 17...
Madson's agent, Scott Boras, says that the Phillies and Madson had a deal and then the Phillies decided to sign someone else.Ruben Amaro, Jr., the Phillies' GM, sharply disagrees but doesn't want to get into a public dispute with Boras.Whom do you believe?The story I heard was that Madson and the Phillies had agreed in principle on a four-year, $44 million deal and then...
The Cincinnati Reds just signed Ryan Madson to a one year, $8.5 million deal in what is being called one of the best offseason free agent signings in recent memory. I personally think it’s a great move not because of Madson’s pitching superiority, but because it solidifies the Reds bullpen to finally allow Aroldis Chapman to start. The Madson signing gives the Reds a very...
Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and super-agent Scott Boras are having a skirmish of words regarding the Phillies' non-signing of closer Ryan Madson. Boras seems to be saying the Phillies reneged on their offer of $44 million over four years, while Amaro says, "there never was an agreement."
Obviously, since Madson is now a Cincinnati Red, Amaro is correct...