Found January 11, 2012 on Ted's Army:


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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 first reported the move (on Twitter). Mark Sheldon of 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.

Herald | Time for Red Sox to step up to the plate | Globe | Ask Nick: Will Crawford deal affect Sox' ability to re-sign Jacoby? | CSNNE | McAdam: Sox saving their money


Source: Reds agree to deal with Madson

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign closer Ryan Madson pending a physical examination, a major league source confirmed to 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. Madson effectively...

Phillies Ryan Madson will be missed, Good Luck, Mad Dog

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...

AP source: Reds, Madson reach $8.5M, 1-year deal

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.

Reds Sign Madson; Nasty Boys II?

Hello, nasty! 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...

Jonah Keri Likes the Reds Off-Season

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. The lead: 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...

Source: Reds sign ex-Phillie Madson for 1 year

The Cincinnati Reds have signed former Phillies closer Ryan Madson to a one-year deal, according to a source.

Reds To Sign Ryan Madson

The Reds have agreed to sign Ryan Madson, Jon Heyman of 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...

The 2012 Philadelphia Phillies seek to improve, not fall in NL East

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...

What Happened Between Ryan Madson and the Phillies

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...

On Ryan Madson: Parsing Boras’ comments

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...
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