Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 1/12/12
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 Seth Evert, the Angels were interested in signing Madson to a three to four year deal before they signed Albert Pujols to the big 10-year deal. That left Madson flapping in the wind until the Reds decided that they did not want to pay Francisco Cordero $12 million in 2012 to be their closer. What hurts the most in losing Madson was seeing him develop. In 2011, Ryan Madson added the mentality of a closer with his electric stuff. The combination earned him 32 saves. Madson was primarily a starter in 2006, going a respectable 11-9 in 17 starts. He flourished, though, when he moved into the bullpen. Remem...
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