According to a report from CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury, the Philadelphia Phillies are interested in signing closer Ryan Madson. Salisbury also reports that “Madson has some interest in rejoining the Phillies, as well.”
This would be one of the few signings by GM Ruben Amaro Jr. that I would support this offseason, as long as the terms of the deal are not ridiculous—like four years, $20 million. Madson has not pitched in the MLB since 2011, when he left the Phillies, moving from the Reds to the Angels while recovering from shoulder issues, but could end up being a low-risk, high-reward reliever for the Phillies.
He pitched in Philadelphia for the first nine seasons of his professional career, and blossomed into a top-of-the-line closer by 2011. From 2007-2011, he never had an ERA above 3.26 and had 32 saves in 2011. He had 58 holds from 2008-2010 as the team’s primary setup man for Brad Lidge.
With Amaro vehemently shopping closer Jonathan Papelbon, Madson could regain that role in Phillies pinstripes if he were to be signed, thus being able to make an immediate impact. He would bolster a bullpen that struggled last season to maintain leads at a much lower price than Papelbon.