Last night it was announced that the Los Angeles Angles had released pitcher Ryan Madson. He was signed to a one year deal that was worth $3.5 million. The Angels were hoping that Madson could step in and be an effective pitcher in their bullpen this season.
Last season Madson was signed by the Cincinnati Reds to be their closer. During spring training he had injured his pitching arm. The injury had caused Madson to get Tommy John surgery. His recovery has had many setbacks which is why he has been released by both the Angels and Reds. He has been down in Arizona rehabbing.
Should the Philadelphia Phillies consider signing him for next season? I believe that they should. Yesterday, Antonio Bastardo was suspended for 50 games for using PEDS and was only signed through the season. Jonathan Papelbon has been struggling this season. He has six blown saves. He has also been causing controversy in the clubhouse with some of the comments he has been saying. Madson may be a good choice, if he were to be healthy.
Madson was on the Phillies from 2003 until 2011. In 2011, he had the opportunity to become their closer. His ERA was 2.37. He had 34 save opportunities and 32 saves. He has 52 saves altogether during his MLB career thus far which has been spent with the Phillies.
In my opinion, Madson was a very strong and talented pitcher. It took some time for him to turn into a closer and people had doubt about it. He was able to prove them wrong. After the 2011 season many teams were interested in him. When next season rolls around Madson will only be 33 years old. He still has a lot of baseball in him if his arm allows that.
The Phillies should consider going for Madson. He was a good choice for them before. His contract was an issue for them before, but he may be willing to come back. Madson is a team player and a great arm to have in the bullpen, which the Phillies need. Hopefully he can become healthy.