Ryan Madson was one of the MLB‘s most electric closers prior to going down in 2012 with Tommy John surgery. Entering Cincinnati Reds camp with elbow soreness last spring, his tenure with the Reds was over before it started as he would never pitch a game in Cincy.
A year after getting paid by the Reds, he will now make the move to Los Angeles where he will close games for the Angels–or so Angel faithful hope as he is still questionable for opening day. Plenty of fans will call Madson a snake for the way he sucked money right out the Reds pockets; however, his injury was rather severe.
I have no problem with Madson but, for the Angels to put so much faith in a closer coming off of Tommy John Surgery is nothing short of idiotic. A team like the Angels needed an established closer–someone who is healthy and has pitched in the last calendar year. Perhaps if the team wasn’t spending all of their money on offense, they would be able to reconstruct the bullpen that plagued them last year.
If Madson is indeed unable to go come opening day the Angels will be shorthanded and have to play from behind for who knows how long. If the Angels went the more conservative route they would have added a closer like Joakim Soria or Rafael Soriano for the entire season. Instead they will wait on pins and needles for a watered-down version of Madson to return to action.