Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/27/12
Ryan Madson is slated to make his first foray in the American League. According to CBSSports.com, the former Phillies set-up man and closer –– who missed the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery as a member of the Reds –– is nearing a deal with the Angels. And Madson will likely get his chance to return to closing, a job he undertook for the Phillies in 2011. That season, the 32-year-old reliever converted 32 saves in 34 opportunities. Last offseason, the Reds inked Madson on a one-year, $8.5 million in what was considered one of the best signings of the offseason. But he never appeared in a single regular season game –– let alone spring training –– after suffering the elbow injury. Madson had an $11 million mutual option with the Reds for 2013, but declined it since Aroldis Chapman had already secured his place as the team’s closer. Chapman enjoyed an All-Star campaign last year, logging 38 saves and posting a 1.51 ERA. The Angels are looking to shore up their bullpen after blowing an American League high 22 saves in 2012. Madson, a resident of Temecula, Calif, also has a familiarity with the Angels’ medical staff. During his rehab this past year, he reportedly consulted the team’s doctors given their proximity. Thumnail photo via Twitter/@RyanMadson46
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