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Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:34 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:35 am

The Texas Rangers have checked in on Ryan Madson, who's still a free agent closer. He doesn't appear to be a perfect fit, but the Rangers front office has proven to be one of the most creative and surprising in baseball over the past several years. So who knows?

The Rangers have their hand in a lot of things (currently their most pressing thing is signing star Japanese starter Yu Darvish). They did previously think about trading for Andrew Bailey, the closer traded from the A's to the Red Sox, and that's at least a sign they are considering improving a very solid bullpen.

The Rangers already have Joe Nathan, Mike Adams and if you want to count Neftali Feliz, who's moving to the rotation, well, they have him, too. Nathan was signed to be the closer after a nice second half in 2011 following his retur from Tommy John surgery, and he surely expects to be the closer. Would Madson come as a setup man? Would they ask Nathan to work in the eighth inning? While Nathan has a vast experience edge, Madson would appear to be the better choice of the two to close, as he saved 32 of 34 chances last year for the Phillies with 62 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings.

Maybe this is just the Rangers doing their due diligence. Or maybe it's them trying to keep an eye on the rival Angels, who already have made the biggest moves of all this spring by landing big-time free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, the former Rangers ace. The Rangers landed Adrian Beltre late last winter when they already had Michael Young for third base. They find a way.

Several teams have checked in on Madson. Some of them, no doubt, are just looking for a bargain on one of the better closers in the game last year. Even the Phillies are said to hcve checked back in, weeks after a potential deal with Madson blew up (GM Ruben Amaro declined to comment on that). But there's just about zero chance of a reunion there.

There's probably still a better chance Madson winds up with the Angels, who are also considering a run at him, or perhaps the Reds, who are still in the market for a closer. The Angels have publicly downplayed their chances to sign Madson. But behind the scenes, some of their people have talked about how beneficial it would be to have a veteran back-end presence to go with talanted sophomore Jordan Walden. They should have a lot of save chances. So maybe they do make a run at Madson. And maybe they perk up a bit if they think Texas might land him.


Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:24 pm

Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

Well, he did even worse than predicted, opting for an 8.5 one year deal to close for the Reds. Boras meanwhile tries to save face by pushing  blame on Ruben for his terrible representation and the break down in communication...Madson could have made a lot more by accepting arbitration...

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:13 pm

Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

just so long as the red sox, phillies, or yankees don't get him
And the prize for the stupidest comment of 2012 (early edition) is this guy.     

Yankees have the best closer of the modern era.
Red Sox just traded for Andrew Bailey.
Phillies (had him , but) signed Jonathan Papelbon as a free agent.

It's extremely unlikely that Ryan Madson signs with any of the teams you've mentioned.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:54 am

Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

Although I wouldn't have thought former Phillies Ryan Madson would be a good fit for the Rangers, I don't think it would be a bad move. There is that question mark with an aging Joe Nathan. Mike Adams was also a good addition for the Rangers, but they didn't really use him when it counted in the World series against the Cardinals. It always good to have another flame thrower in the mix.

The only thing keeping Madson from the Rangers is Madson's agent...who I don't care for at all. When you think about it, the Rangers were only one pitch from winning the world series last year, and if Madson is the right guy, why not give it a shot. Still looks like the Rangers would be overloaded at the closer position, but you never know about injuries.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:57 pm

Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

Boras blew it for his client who wanted to stay in Philly. Madson's got a bunch of little kids and just built a new home outside Philly. He wanted to stay and Boras somehow pissed off Ruben by leaking a fake deal during negotiations. Now there's no market for him and Madson is an arm injury away from pumping gas. LA is done spendinhg money, the Reds will resign Cordero for $7 million and the Rangers (and Phils) will offer him $9-10 million for a one-year set-up deal. Madson should have accepted arbitration. He's getting bad advice.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:02 pm

Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

The Rangers are moving Feliz into the starting rotation and Joe Nathan is old as dirt and was very shaky last season "a nice second half in 2011".. his ERA was over 6 thats good for you Heyman?.. To say its a solidified position and not a need is a really bad angle. To afford Feliz to move up they need another arm, Nathan made sense because Philly had just blew a load on Papelbon and nobody knew what to expect for the other closers, so it was a backup plan incase all the others were overpaid, now that closers remain with minimal interrest they can go get a better one. This is common sense to me but I can understand why it isnt for a guy who just yesterday said Podada was a shoe-in for Hall of Fame. 

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:04 am

Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

Hopefully our incompetent GM is taking note of the economics of baseball since he almost signed him for his original asking price.  Reuben, you are supposed be a GM, look up the word negotiate in the dictionary and try it sometime.  All the reports indicate Madson wont get anywher close to 4/44, yet Amaro was just about to give him that contract.  Amaro's idea of negotiating is asking what the player wants and writing the check.  But let the proof of Amaro's incompetence be what Madson eventually signs for.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:23 pm

Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

How about he go to the Cincinnati Reds ?

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:18 pm

Rangers look at Madson but he fits Angels, others

just so long as the red sox, phillies, or yankees don't get him

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