Originally posted on Baseball Musings  |  Last updated 1/11/12
The Reds signed Ryan Madson for one year, and Rob Neyer breaks down the deal: And what of Ryan Madson? Madson wasn’t worth $10 million last season. But the way FanGraphs figures these things, it’s exceptionally difficult for a relief pitcher to reach that bar. According to FanGraphs, last season only five relief pitchers in all the major leagues were worth at least $10 million: Craig Kimbrel, Jonathan Papelbon, Sean Marshall, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera. The way these things are figured, the best relief pitchers are generally overpaid. Which is about as far as I care to digress. The Reds might not get their $10 million worth out of Ryan Madson, but he’s a real good pitcher and they’ve built a real good bullpen. Sean Marshall is real good. Bill Bray is real good. Aroldis Chapman … well, there is still a chance he’ll be really good. Relief pitchers are even more of a crap shoot than starters. Remember last season when the Rays built a bullpen from spare parts and B...
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