Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/27/12
The Angels moved Tuesday to address the weakness that kept them out of the playoffs, reaching an agreement with former Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson, according to reports. An Angels spokesman reached Tuesday afternoon said theres nothing yet to confirm, but reports said the sides have struck a one-year deal, a nod to the fact Madson is less than eight months removed from Tommy John surgery. Madson, 32, is a product of Valley View High School in Moreno Valley and had 32 saves for the Phillies in 2011. He was injured in the Cincinnati Reds spring training camp this year and underwent surgery performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels team doctor. The Angels are planning for Madson to be ready to pitch in spring training. Reports indicate his contract includes clauses that will provide bonuses for games pitched and time on the roster. He is reportedly scheduled to take a physical Tuesday. If healthy, Madson could be poised to take over closing duties from Ernesto Frieri, who walked 26 in 54 13 innings last season and had three of the team's 22 blown saves. The Angels finished four games behind the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles for a wild-card playoff spot. Madson, who was made available when the Reds declined an option, boasts one of baseballs best change-ups. Lance Pugmire
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