Found January 11, 2012 on
According to a tweet by SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Reds have come to an agreement with closer Ryan Madson. The value of the deal isn’t yet available, but Heyman hears that the contract is only for one year.
Madson is coming off of a fantastic 2011 campaign. The righty posted career-bests in both WAR and WPA (Win Probability Added). He struck out 9.2 batters per nine and boasted a 3.9 K:BB. Madson was a top-flight reliever for the Phillies from 2007 through 2010, before becoming the full-time closer in 2011. Madson’s transition from the 8th inning to the 9th went smoothly and he proved to have “closer mentality” for the Phillies (insert comment about how it doesn’t exist here).
Towards the beginning of the offseason it looked as if Madson was close to a huge payday from the Phillies, but the deal fell through and Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Phillies instead. It’s unclear how much this deal is worth, but Madson could parlay it into a multi-year deal next offseason. This is the strategy that Adrian Beltre used in signing with Boston for the 2010 season.
Madson gets a chance to win and the Reds get a reliable closer as they make a playoff push in 2012. It’s hard to call him as a winner with just a one-year deal, but he’s likely to get upwards of $10 million. The Reds are winners in that they add a couple wins and edge even closer toward the postseason.
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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...
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.
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...
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...
The Cincinnati Reds have signed former Phillies closer Ryan Madson to a one-year deal, according to a source.
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...
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...
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...
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...