Poll: Which Team Will Sign Ryan Madson?

Ryan Madson probably lost another potential suitor when the Red Sox traded for Andrew Bailey. The Rangers, Blue Jays, Marlins, Mets and Padres are among the other possible Madson suitors that have acquired other closers this offseason. However, the Angels, Reds, Rays, White Sox, Astros and Dodgers could be in the market for closers, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter) and I’ll add the Orioles to the list of potentially interested clubs.

Madson won't come cheap, of course. He appeared to be close to signing a $44MM contract with the Phillies early in the offseason, and the non-deal gives us a sense of agent Scott Boras’ asking price. Though the market for closers doesn’t currently seem strong, we shouldn't forget that Boras found a three-year deal for Rafael Soriano last offseason, after demand for closers appeared to have diminished.

Madson’s the best free agent reliever remaining; where will he sign?

 


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104 Comments on "Poll: Which Team Will Sign Ryan Madson?"


grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Anybody else read the potential suitors for Madson and think wow he’s F$#%#D.

TophersReds
3 years 8 months ago

Angels or Reds. It will be the Angels if he wants to take a little less money to join the Monsters in Anaheim, or the Reds if there willing to cough up the money for another big name, young closer. I doubt Jocketty will do it, but a guy can hope, right? Sigh…

P.S. DO NOT SIGN COCO, WALT. He is worth a top 50 draft pick and is an aging closer that causes too much stress for the 9th inning.

3 years 8 months ago

I like hearing that from someone other than an Angel fan.-  The “Monsters in Anaheim”  That’s good.  

TophersReds
3 years 8 months ago

I can’t help but be envious of a starting rotation like that. The offensive isn’t the best in the league (even with pujols), but that pitching staff can clearly carry them.

Thurman8er
3 years 8 months ago

I’m with Ryan.

TophersReds
3 years 8 months ago

I can’t help but be envious of a starting rotation like that. The offensive isn’t the best in the league (even with pujols), but that pitching staff can clearly carry them.

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

He’s gonna do the 1 year, be awesome under no pressure and try again thing which is why I’m finally not just hoping but predicting, the Rays make a big splash and sign Madson to a big money, 1 year deal.

Pawapuro
3 years 8 months ago

The two best suitors for him are the Angels and Reds, and I think the Reds will give the better offer since the Angels already have Walden.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

Angels 

MetsMagic
3 years 8 months ago

Hmm, the Dodgers have Guerra, the Rays aren’t going to blow big money on relief pitching, he won’t go to the Astros, the White Sox are getting rid of players instead of adding them, the Angels have Walden, it won’t be the Orioles, so that just leaves Cincinnati. 

thegrayrace
3 years 8 months ago

Dodgers also have Lindblom and Jansen, both of whom have always projected higher than Guerra and put up better numbers than Guerra last season (WHIP, H/9, SO/9 and SO/BB)… highly doubt they’re in the market for a high priced closer.

3 years 8 months ago

Don’t the Padres make potential sense? Sign him as closer with the understanding he’ll be flipped for a good haul of prospects in July. … Win-win situation, it seems. That park will be great, too, for Madson, who is a bit homer-happy at times.

TophersReds
3 years 8 months ago

Wouldn’t he rather choose where he wants to go than be forced to go to another team via trade for prospects…? It’s not win-win, it would be a win for the Padres, but an obvious loss for Madson.

Ohhhplease
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see Boras taking a one year deal for him, not his style.  Doubt the Pads who still need bats would spend 7-10 million on a half a year of Madson when they just picked up Huston Street.

Would love to have him, but doesn’t make sense.

optionn
3 years 8 months ago

Could the Rays afford a guy like this?  Seems that would be the best spot for Madson.

feathers
3 years 8 months ago

They don’t even like paying for star position players for the most part. No way they shell out big cash/years for a closer when they’ve likely got 5 great up and comers in the minors.

feathers
3 years 8 months ago

They don’t even like paying for star position players for the most part. No way they shell out big cash/years for a closer when they’ve likely got 5 great up and comers in the minors.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Hey guys, remember that time the Phillies were going to massively overpay Madson and then basically everything fell apart and now he’s going to be lucky to even get a multiyear deal at this point?

That stunk for him, huh?

Shu13
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t believe that the Philly’s really made that offer….I think that was just borASS and that pissed them off…I do see Ryan only getting 3/$24m-$28m this off season….and that is a huge raise from $4.5m in ’11

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

 chris farley is my all time fave

feathers
3 years 8 months ago

I’m not sure what it is about him, but i just don’t see him as a closer. He’s a very good reliever, i just see him fit better as a setup man.

3 years 8 months ago

Agreed, he’s asking to be paid like an established closer with a history of sustained excellence, while in reality he’s only had one full season being a closer.

4 years/30 million is the highest I’d go.

3 years 8 months ago

 I like the Angels closer Walden, he had a rough rookie year but the guy throws 100mph and did still save 32 games.  That being said I do understand that it is an “arms” race to win the West this year and adding Madson wouldn’t mean losing Walden so yeah I’m for it. 

thebigbangdito
3 years 8 months ago

He was good with 32 saves.. but he did blow 10 or 11 games(i think 10).. which is what we were behind the rangers at the end of the season.. i think it would help him having madison around so he can mature and feel less pressure until he is ready

Thurman8er
3 years 8 months ago

He blew 10 saves.  The thing about having Madson is that it would do for Walden what the Angels did with K Rod and before him with Percival.  Each had that veteran closer to learn under.  They came INTO the closer’s role with their feet already under them.

Walden could learn a lot from Madson.

thebigbangdito
3 years 8 months ago

exactly.  

Gumby65
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see Dodgers looking for closers in the off-season.  Perhaps mid-season, *IF* new owner wants to make a move *AND* unlikelihood that both Guerra AND Jansen falter.

thegrayrace
3 years 8 months ago

And Lindblom. His 1.045 WHIP, 6.4 H/9, 8.5 SO/9 and 2.73 ERA wasn’t bad, either.

Gumby65
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see Dodgers looking for closers in the off-season.  Perhaps mid-season, *IF* new owner wants to make a move *AND* unlikelihood that both Guerra AND Jansen falter.

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

Ryan Madson is the type of guy that Andrew Friedman discussed right after the season ended. Asked about payroll “we don’t operate on a set number, if things show up for us that cost more than usual, we go for it, just like with Rafael Soriano before 2010, we will always push the payroll for a great fit” Well, Andrew, you didn’t know it then but you described Ryan Madson.

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

Ryan Madson is the type of guy that Andrew Friedman discussed right after the season ended. Asked about payroll “we don’t operate on a set number, if things show up for us that cost more than usual, we go for it, just like with Rafael Soriano before 2010, we will always push the payroll for a great fit” Well, Andrew, you didn’t know it then but you described Ryan Madson.

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

the whitesox shouldnt even be on this poll…If they didnt think they have an in house closer they never would have traded Santos…The are going to start the season with Reed as their closer, with crain and thornton there to back him up if he fails, assuming thornton isnt traded. Also there is a dark horse closer option in axelrod.

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

the whitesox shouldnt even be on this poll…If they didnt think they have an in house closer they never would have traded Santos…The are going to start the season with Reed as their closer, with crain and thornton there to back him up if he fails, assuming thornton isnt traded. Also there is a dark horse closer option in axelrod.

Brent Schuber
3 years 8 months ago

hed have to be overwhelmed to even consider a team other then the angels or rays

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t understand the constant mentions of the Angels wanting a closer. They may trade for back end relievers or something but Walden is a great young closer. The guy was a rookie and had a few growing pains but he’s a stud and if they actually have money left, I don’t think they should spend it on Madson.

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

Walden was great but he is really unproven. Madson would give the Angels a good 1-2 punch.

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

It would be interesting if the Angels took him and then made Walden available. 

That would give them Trumbo and Walden to put together in a package to upgrade another roster spot. 

3 years 8 months ago

Shipping Trumbo out so prematurely doesn’t make sense. 

This isn’t Brandon Wood all over again where the Angels will regret hanging onto a young player for too long. 

The Angels planned for Trumbo to get extended time at third base during winter ball but his injury put a damper on that.

The prudent thing to do is stick Trumbo at third for the majority of spring training, see how he does, and go from there.

Best case scenario- He handles third well (he threw 94mph in high school, so it’s only a matter of how susceptible he is to charging bunts etc) and the Angels have the prototypical power 3rd baseman they’ve desired since Glaus.

Worst case scenario- He fails miserably and the Angels now have a powerful bat off the bench or a mashing DH in the event that Kendrys Morales isn’t ready to go.

3 years 8 months ago

The same goes for Walden…another young, cheap, controllable player who more or less proved himself on the big league stage despite some growing pains here and there.

The Angels would have to be overwhelmed with an offer to move either player this year.

danumd87
3 years 8 months ago

Trumbo wouldn’t take much at all. With pujols and morales they are set at 1b and dh. Even if moales cant play youre still talking about a sub 300 obp player. There have been rumblings about him all offseason and nobody has implied he’d take much. He’s a young guy with some power but his miserable bop makes him a 7 hitter from a power position. Marginal value. Maybe a B- pitching prospect gets it done. Perhaps two C or C+ guys, but two C+ guys feels like an overpay for a very marginal hitter. Sorry angels fans.

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

I sort of disagree with both people. First of all, I don’t agree that he will be kept, he WILL be traded but 2nd, I don’t think he will come cheap at all. I just hope the Rays are prepared to make a good enough offer for the young power hitting 1B, we need him behind Longoria.

3 years 8 months ago

He won’t be cheap, and he won’t be traded, at least not this season.

The Angels won’t trade him without first trying him out at third base. 

3 years 8 months ago

You’re forgetting about a concept called room for improvement.

Are you implying that Trumbo’s OBP ceiling is .300?

He posted an OBP of .333 in 2009 and .368 in 2010 in the minors, and while I’m aware that there’s almost always a drop-off in stats when transitioning to the majors, it’s not inconceivable to see Trumbo posting a .330 OBP, which would be more than respectable for a big swinger.

I will not refute that his OBP was abysmal last year but let’s be honest, he’s not the first power hitter to swing at anything and everything. And please, keep in mind that he was a ROOKIE last year, it’s not like he’s some seasoned veteran who has nowhere to go but down.

Discipline is one of the most teachable hitting traits.

Your suggestion that a guy who hit 30 HR IN the majors would net ONE B- pitching prospect is absolutely laughable.

30 HR guys in the post-steroids era don’t exactly grow on trees. Whether or not Trumbo has flaws (and he does…I’ll be the first to admit as much), He’s still worth more than a 2nd tier prospect.

3 years 8 months ago

Shipping Trumbo out so prematurely doesn’t make sense. 

This isn’t Brandon Wood all over again where the Angels will regret hanging onto a young player for too long. 

The Angels planned for Trumbo to get extended time at third base during winter ball but his injury put a damper on that.

The prudent thing to do is stick Trumbo at third for the majority of spring training, see how he does, and go from there.

Best case scenario- He handles third well (he threw 94mph in high school, so it’s only a matter of how susceptible he is to charging bunts etc) and the Angels have the prototypical power 3rd baseman they’ve desired since Glaus.

Worst case scenario- He fails miserably and the Angels now have a powerful bat off the bench or a mashing DH in the event that Kendrys Morales isn’t ready to go.