Madson Talks Reportedly Back on the Front Burner of the Hot Stove

CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman is reporting this evening the talks are heating up between the Boras Corporation representing Free Agent Closer Ryan Madson, late of the Philadelphia Phillies.  I did not expect to hear talks move in this direction and even now this could be merely a smokescreen to land a better contract Francisco Cordero but as of this evening, Madson is in Walt Jocketty’s line of sight.

Madson had an excellent season in 2011 earning a Quality Appearance Ratio of 84%, better than any single reliever in the National League Central Division.  He had an ERA of 2.37 second best of his career and at 30 years of age may be ready to peak.  The question is are his services worth the Boras infused price tag.  Maybe and maybe not.  It would definitely shore up the bullpen and would allow Aroldis Chapman more time to develop before calls rain down for him to return to the bullpen.  But it still begs the question, will signing Madson, presumably to a contract between $7m and $10m/season be worth it or would that money be better served finding a left fielder that actually should be a starter?

The question remains…

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Topics: Aroldis Chapman, Francisco Cordero, Ryan Madson

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  • beeker

    This is indeed a very interesting wrinkle. I believe that this news is designed for an audience of one: Cordero. If his real intention is to sign Madson, this generally isn’t the type of news that Jocketty lets slip into the media. Smart move.

    If the Reds are going to have to upwards of $10M/yr for a closer, Madson at 30 makes more sense than Cordero at 37. That kind of money leaves the cupboard pretty bare for adding a left fielder, like you said. But if it gets Cordero to sign for closer to $6M/yr, then there is quite a bit of room to address adding a guy in LF. Looks to me like Jocketty os playing hard ball.

  • beeker

    This is indeed a very interesting wrinkle. I believe that this news is designed for an audience of one: Cordero. If his real intention is to sign Madson, this generally isn’t the type of news that Jocketty lets slip into the media. Smart move.

    If the Reds are going to have to upwards of $10M/yr for a closer, Madson at 30 makes more sense than Cordero at 37. That kind of money leaves the cupboard pretty bare for adding a left fielder, like you said. But if it gets Cordero to sign for closer to $6M/yr, then there is quite a bit of room to address adding a guy in LF. Looks to me like Jocketty os playing hard ball.

  • JohnHeitz

    @beeker Looks like Coco’s days as a Red are irrevocably over. Madson is our closer. The Reds still need a left fielder as I don’t see Heisey as being a regular but aside from that this team is ready to roll.

  • JohnHeitz

    @beeker Looks like Coco’s days as a Red are irrevocably over. Madson is our closer. The Reds still need a left fielder as I don’t see Heisey as being a regular but aside from that this team is ready to roll.

  • beeker

    @JohnHeitz I saw that as I was watching the news in bed last night. Guess I’m not as smart as I think I am. (Something my wife will whole-heartedly agree with.) I hope Madson gets a more objective review of his work than Cordero did from fans.

    The 20% who said in the BRM poll that the Reds were not “all in” for 2012 can’t say that now. I am curious if there is any wiggle room left, or if Jocketty can get Castellini to open the wallet a little wider to address LF.

    For me, the man of the hour now becomes Brooks Jacoby. If he can keep his quintet of OFs hitting at a decent pace, the Reds will be tough to beat.

  • beeker

    @JohnHeitz I saw that as I was watching the news in bed last night. Guess I’m not as smart as I think I am. (Something my wife will whole-heartedly agree with.) I hope Madson gets a more objective review of his work than Cordero did from fans.

    The 20% who said in the BRM poll that the Reds were not “all in” for 2012 can’t say that now. I am curious if there is any wiggle room left, or if Jocketty can get Castellini to open the wallet a little wider to address LF.

    For me, the man of the hour now becomes Brooks Jacoby. If he can keep his quintet of OFs hitting at a decent pace, the Reds will be tough to beat.