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Rangers have 'checked in' on Ryan Madson

Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:59 am
 
By Matt Snyder

With the market for closers being pretty thin at this point, would Ryan Madson sign with the Rangers? They already have their back-end set up with Joe Nathan as the closer and Mike Adams as the eighth-inning guy. CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports the Rangers have "checked in" on Madson.

If the market was so dried up for potential closers that Madson did have to accept an offer from the Rangers, they would have to be thanking their lucky stars. Madson, 31, saved 32 of 34 games last season with a 2.37 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. He's actually a better closing option than Nathan at this point.

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Nathan had 14 saves with a 4.84 ERA last season as he returned from Tommy John surgery. He was an elite closer from 2004-09, but he's also 37 years old.

The interesting issue is that the Rangers signed Nathan to a two-year deal, presumably to be the closer. If they moved on Madson, do they end up with a disgruntled Nathan?

Meantime, the most important thing on the two-time defending AL champs' plate is signing Yu Darvish, who would join the starting rotation with Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and former closer Neftali Feliz.

Hypothetically speaking, if the Rangers did sign both Darvish and Madson, that's one stellar pitching staff, top to bottom. And we already know how good the offense and defense are.

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Since: Jan 9, 2012
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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Rangers have 'checked in' on Ryan Madson

Not to mention Alexi Ogando as a legit starter or bullpen arm. He should be in the rotation, but something has to give. It would make sense if the Rangers traded one of Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis or Derek Holland, but I don't know who I'd want to get rid of. As it stands, having Darvish, Feliz, Ogando, and two of the previously mentioned 3 would make any manager sleep well at night.

I don't care what the Angels bought this offseason, the Rangers are still the division favorites in my mind. The Angels rotation is also scary good, but the difference is in the batting lineup. 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Rangers have 'checked in' on Ryan Madson

Very interested to see if the Rangers are indeed serious about Madson.  They may be baiting the Angels or other teams?  Or, like the article stated, "that's one stellar pitching staff" and Nolan's always said you can never have enough pitching....starting or relieving and he'd be a good replacement in the event that Nathan/Adams were injured or bump him to the 7th inning.  GO RANGERS!!


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