It has been a rough couple of seasons for formerly prominent closer and MLB relief pitcher Ryan Madson. A vast majority of pitchers have elbow troubles that land them in a long list of professionals who have had Tommy John Surgery and simply return as good as ever one year later. Now and then however we find a case of the unfortunate pitcher that has complications from the surgery. Madson unfortunately is one of those.
The last time he officially pitched in a major league game was 2011 for the Philadelphia Phillies. Last season’s comeback with the Los Angeles Angels flopped and he had to miss another full season of mound work. Now there are only a few teams interested in Madson but the Phillies are definitely one of them. Singing Madson and bringing him back as a Phillies reliever would actually make a great deal of sense.
Though the Phillies could use more pitching help, they are hampered by a limited amount of money available. Madson would be the perfect answer for all of these reasons. Sure there is a hefty amount of health risk with him but the Phillies and any other team will not likely sign him in any way until they see him throw so that should make that clearer.
This basically is a risk / reward situation. Madson has always been consistently one of the better relievers in the game. Assuming last season and the year before were oddities; he should be able to revive his good years and would do so for a fraction of what his abilities would usually cost on the open market. It is a risk but it’s one the Phillies really need to take.