Ryan Madson is in serious talks with the Cincinnati Reds, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Madson spent 2011 as a closer for the Philadelphia Phillies, saving 32 games while posting a 2.37 ERA.
He had spent the previous four seasons as a setup man before the team before injuries thrust him into the closing role. He responded with a superb year, coinciding with his free agent status. It appears very unlikely Madson will return to Philly, especially after GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. signed All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have said they are not interested in Madson, and the New York Yankees have denied interest as well. Madson’s list of potential suitors is growing smaller, and the Reds reportedly are also talking with Francisco Cordero and Kerry Wood.