You can never have enough pitching. At least that’s what the old adage is about baseball. With the season right around the corner there are several quality arms still hanging on the unemployment line looking for work. One pitcher stands out to me the most as a win-win, low-risk high-reward type and that is Ryan Madson. Madson, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011, held a showcase for around 15 major league teams almost a week ago, impressing most.
Madson took over the closer role for the Philadelphia Phillies back in 2011 and cashed in on his success signing a deal with the Cincinnati Reds during that offseason. It was in the spring of 2012 when it was discovered that Madson had a torn ligament in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery thus ending his time with the Reds. In came the Los Angeles Angels to sign the reliever in hopes that he would be recovered in time to pitch in 2013. Well that didn’t happen either as Madson started the season on the 15-day disabled list before being transferred to the 60-day disabled list which eventually led to his release over the summer.
Madson is the perfect guy to come in and help out the bullpen instantly. With closer-type stuff and the experience to go along with it, the Minnesota Twins need to step up their efforts to bring the former World Series Champion to Minnesota. With many teams said to be interested in his services, the Twins need to make him a one-year offer with a decent base salary but loaded with incentives — something similar to the deal that Jonathan Broxton received from the Kansas City Royals back in 2012. It will give him the opportunity to re-establish himself as a major league pitcher all while further enhancing his market value for his next contract. In the end if the Twins aren’t where they want to be in the standings come summer, what better trade chip than a healthy relief pitcher on a small contract?
A signing like this is well worth the risk. It is unknown if the Twins were one of the 15 teams that watched the workout, but they should at least explore the possibility of bringing in a player like Madson.