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Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:11 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 1:12 pm
Ryan Madson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Where will Ryan Madson end up? Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says it's probably not going to be Anaheim.


Dipoto, the first-year Angels GM told the Los Angeles Times that it's "very, very unlikely" the Angels would add Madson or any closer.

"What I'll say with some degree of certainty is that our most dignificant acquisitions have already been made," Dipoto said.

"We're trying to add depth, and in a perfect world, we'd like to find another guy to join Jordan Walden, Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins to help with those last nine outs. But closer has never been a real priority."

Of course, this could also be posturing by Dipoto.  

Walden, 24, recorded 32 saves with a 2.98 ERA as a rookie in 2012. Walden made the All-Star team after starting the season with 20 saves and a 2.84 ERA in the first half. In the second half of the season, he had 12 saves and a 3.22 ERA. Walden struck out 10 batters per nine innings and 3.9 walks per nine. It had been rumored the team wanted to upgrade at the back of the bullpen.

And then there's Madson, who had 32 saves and a 2.37 ERA in his first season as the Phillies closer. Early in the offseason there was a report Madson had agreed to a deal with Philadelphia for four years and $44 million, but then the team signed Jonathan Papelbon instead.

There are few teams still looking for a closer, with the Reds being the team with the most glaring need. However, the Reds don't have the type of money to sign Madson to a huge deal. Cincinnati is currently in talks with incumbent reliever Francisco Cordero to bring him back on a one-year deal.

Madson could try to find a deal like the Yankees gave Rafael Soriano a year ago to be a high-priced set-up man -- even though that didn't exactly work out for the Yankees. Madson and Soriano are both represented by Scott Boras.

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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:24 pm

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

Why not sign with the Reds ?

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:16 pm

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

I don't think DiPoto is posturing, I think he realizes the window for Madson is closing quickly. The longer DiPoto or anyone for that matter holds off the greater the likelihood off a 1-2 year deal in 8-9 million range becomes. Boras overshot this one and now Madson will have to "settle" for market value for a closer with his experience. 

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:49 am

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

Well, the Angels have already spent a lot of money and Ryan Madson just wants too much money as a closer. He has yet to be a full time closer, so it's obvious, the Phillies went with instead because he was an established closer for the Red Sox. Where does he come off getting a 4 year 44 million dollar contract? He better hook up with a team soon...

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:44 pm

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

The Cardinals need to sign Madson.

I LOVE those old Phillies uniforms.
I wish they never had gotten rid of them and need to bring them back. 

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:24 pm

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

Cheese steak where you are going with that thought...never hurts to have a backup plan if something happens to the mean time he would be a great setup man.....cmon amaro, we know ya want him back...

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:35 pm

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

What are ya waiting for Amaro? Throw 8 mil at him and have him set up for the year...nothing to lose.

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:19 pm

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

Seems as though Mr. Boras might be pricing a lot of his free-agents out of the market this year...Madson, Fielder and Jackson un-signed with pitchers and catchers reporting next month? Hmmm, interesting. I haven't even heard anything about these guys in the last month. Wonder if people just don't want to deal with Boras anymore.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:19 pm

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

This offseason has really backfired on Madsen and his agent. I'd be willing to bet he could be had on a one year deal for 7-8 million. It would give him a reasonable amount of money, and a chance to establish his value as a closer. I'm sure the reason he didn't end up with a big contract is his lack of a track record. Another season with a sub 3.00 ERA and 30+ saves will make him a valuable guy on the free agent market again next year, maybe even more so. 

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:21 pm

Angels GM says team 'unlikely' to sign Madson

If Madson demands approx $11 mill for 4 years that's too much especially for someone that might be just a flash in the pan for a closer.  Stick it out with Walden and see how he does.  He's only 24.

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