Ryan Madson Rumors: Reds, Angels, Blue Jays, Brewers Could Be Landing Spots

The Cincinnati Reds suffered what seemed to be a big loss at the beginning of the 2012 season.  Their new, expensive closer, Ryan Madson, went down to a torn UCL in his elbow.  He underwent Tommy John surgery in March and is expected to be ready to return early next season.  Of course, the injury and subsequent surgery make him a wild card on the free agent market.  However, it seems there could be some fits out there for him.

According to Jack Moore of CBS Sports, Madson could end up returning to the Reds, but the team seems to have found themselves a long-term, dominant closer in Aroldis Chapman.  Madson could still help improve an already good bullpen in Cincinnati.  Moore also suggested the Angels, Blue Jays, and Brewers as potential suitors.


While the Reds make have their bullpen pretty much locked up an Madson would be just a luxury to have, the Angels, Blue Jays, and Brewers need help in that department.  Milwaukee is an interesting potential suitor because of their cash limitations.  They play in a small market but have been able to land some of the game's biggest players.  They also know when to trade those players away.  The Brewers do not shy away from players simply because of cost.  They know exactly how long they can keep a high-priced player, and exactly what they should expect from said player.  But Madson may not be high-priced.

Coming off Tommy John surgery, Madson is sure to take a pay-cut.  He made $6 million in 2012 and was due to make $11 million in 2013 had the Reds picked up his option.  Whatever team that signs him should be able to get him at a discounted rate.

Madson burst onto the scene in Philadelphia in 2011.  He posted a 2.37 ERA and had 32 saves.  In his career, Madson has a 3.59 ERA and 52 saves.

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