One would think that a former 8th inning setup man would have a chance to be a dominant closer in the MLB. Well for Ryan Madson, this opportunity may finally be coming true. According to Jon Heyman via Twitter, Madson is rumored to be close to signing a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. If Madson does sign with the Angels, he will most likely be their closer.
Madson was given a chance to be the closer in 2011 for the Philadelphia Phillies when Brad Lidge and his replacement Jose Contreras went down with injuries. While those two were on the disabled list, Madson was dominant. He was able to convert 23 of 25 saves in that time. Even when Lidge returned, Madson remained as the closer and finished the 2011 season with 32 saves, 62 strikeouts and a 2.37 ERA.
Madson signed with the Cincinnati Reds last off season on a one-year $8.5 million dollar deal. He was not able to be the closer for the Reds due to a torn ligament in his right elbow. This injury led to Madson having to receive Tommy John survey and being sidelined for the entire 2012 season.
Throughout his nine-year career in the major leagues Madson has been very good. Madson, who will turn 33-years old in August, has a career record of 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA and 547 strikeouts. If he is to become the closer of the Angels, then look for them to be a force in the AL West. Madson could be a low-risk, high-reward type of player especially if the Angels can get him for a low price.
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