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Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:58 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 1:43 pm

By Matt Snyder

Free agent closer Ryan Madson has agreed to sign a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds, insider Jon Heyman has learned.

Madson, 31, was reportedly very close to signing a four-year deal worth over $40 million to stay in Philadelphia a few months ago and the deal apparently fell through, with the Phillies instead landing Jonathan Papelbon. Since then, the market for closers completely eroded to the point where a team like the Reds -- who didn't have much money at all to spend in free agency this season -- were able to jump into the bidding late and grab what appears to be a huge bargain.

Madson to Reds
Madson successfully converted 32 of his 34 save attempts in 2011 for the Phillies with a 2.37 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings.

He most certainly moves into the closer role for the Reds, who will now allow free agent Francisco Cordero to walk via free agency. Newly-acquired left-hander Sean Marshall will serve as a setup man, along with Bill Bray and Nick Masset. The plan with hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman is reportedly to convert him into a starter. Still, with Marshall and Madson being added, the Reds appear to have a strong back-end.

The fallout for two free agent pitchers is very evident here. First of all, as alluded to above, Cordero is now not going to remain in Cincinnati, so he'll have to look elsewhere. Also, the Reds had been connected to Kerry Wood in rumors this week, but that is no longer an option. So Wood is down to the Phillies and Cubs, using past reports as a guide.

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:47 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

The Reds have plenty of pitching now, given good health...other than Bronson Arroyo, Scott Rolen and a bench player or two, the entire team is young enough to be good for several years. Even though the Reds probably overpaid in talent for Latos and Marshall, they are quality young arms, and Madson seems to be a no-brainer one year value, if considering 37 year old Cordero's declined 2012, $12 million option saves the Reds $2 million.

Anyone that considers Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman AAA pitchers, hasn't been paying attention.  

What remains to be seen is the result in the standings...How better pitching and defense impact the Reds W/L in a hitters park, in a hitters park division, with the Reds streaky, strikeout prone offense that struggles to score between homers.      

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:53 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

I am now ready for Baseball, I think the Reds will compete this year for the NL Central.  Good lineup, might be hit or miss in left field, but the pitching staff is really shaping up.  The key will be Votto and Bruce.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:44 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

Hey Phillies organization, did you take note of what Madson signed for and what our GM was about to sign him for?  Can we please fire Amaro and bring in a GM who can actually negotiate a contract?  I could go around writing huge checks to high profile free agents, the trick with being a GM is spending money wisely, getting bargains, and bringing in young talent...three things Amaro has failed at miserably and here is proof.  Good luck to the Reds with Madson.  He doesnt have overwhelming stuff so get ready for some nail biters, but looks like he's comfortable in the role which he wasnt when he got chances prior to last year.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:34 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract


What in the world are you talking about invincible?  For the past 3 years (prior to last season) Madson was considered possibly the best set up man in baseball.  It was as a closer (when he had to fill in for an injured Lidge) that he had serious problems prior to this past season.  But he was never awful...he made mistakes because he tried to be perfect.  Did you even watch the games in Philly?

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:26 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

This is just what the Reds needed.  I think they're a contender this year hands down.  Votto is a stud and Bruce is really gonna blossom this season.  Chapman can set up for Madson and work out any left over tweeks while Cueto and Latos form a better 1-2 than most teams have.  Latos bounce back.

Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:59 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

AAA pitching?...I think a rotation of Matt Latos, johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, Aroldois Chapman, Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake is better than most teams w depth and should only improve over the next 5 years....

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:55 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

Dubose, the Reds have a few starters who are much more than AAA players. Cueto, even though he only started 24 games and 156 innings total last year, went 9-5 with a 2.31 ERA and a 107-54 K-BB ratio and a WHIP of 1.090. That's pretty darn good. Edison Volquez is gone, which is a good thing for Cincy.
Latos went 9-14 (for the Padres) but he started 31 games, threw 194 innings, had a respectable 3.47 ERA and a 185-62 K-to-BB ratio. Not too shabby.His yr. should be interesting because his win total should be up with Cincy's offense rather than the Pads, but his peripheral numbers could be skewed going from Petco to the Great American Ballpark, which is a bandbox.

Round out that rotation with Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, it's not a great rotation but it's not terrible. They don't really have an ace (although if you project Cueto's numbers out over 32-34 starts, he would have had ace-like numbers last year) but they have a rotation good enough to win the NL Central.

This Madson deal is a good one for everybody involved. The Reds upgraded over Cordero and Madson got his money. With the Brewers losing Fielder to free-agency and likely Braun for the first 50 games, and the Cardinals losing Pujols, this division is Cincy's to win. The Astros flat out suck, as do the Pirates and Cubs, all these teams are at various stages of rebuilding.

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:37 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

Madson has the potential to be one of the best closers next season. Its too bad he won't get many opportunities to close games with that AAA pitching staff the Reds currently have!

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:50 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

why wasn't Baltimore in on this???
birds- I guess we're trolling with Gregg again Undecided

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:44 am

Reds to sign Madson to one-year contract

Although unproven for a long period of time as a cloaser, he certainly did the job last year.  And only giving him one year sets up for seeing how he does for the first half of the season, and if he does well then possibly pursue an extended contract.  With Marshall as a set up man the Reds appear to be set at the back end of the pen.  Good job Walt!

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