Report: Phillies and Ryan Madson have mutual interest in a reunion
As the Phillies look for bullpen help, they could turn to a familiar face in Ryan Madson. The right-hander has interest in returning to Philadelphia as well.
The Phillies and Ryan Madson have mutual interest in a reunion, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com recently reported the free agent right-hander has been holding private one-on-one workouts for teams as he attempts to make a comeback.
Madson, 33, has not pitched since 2011 -- his final season with the Phillies -- due to Tommy John surgery and subsequent setbacks. He signed one-year deals with the Reds and Angels these last two years but has been unable to pitch.
Before the injuries, Madson was one of the best relievers in baseball. He saved 32 games with a 2.37 ERA (162 ERA+) and a 3.88 K/BB in 60 2/3 innings during his last healthy season. From 2007-11, Madson was a workhorse who averaged 66 innings per year with a 2.89 ERA (146 ERA+) and a 3.24 K/BB.
The Phillies have been shopping closer Jonathan Papelbon in recent weeks but have been unable to find a taker for the two years and $26 million left on his contract. The club acquired righty Brad Lincoln in a minor trade but is still looking to upgrade its relief corps with or without Papelbon.