And So Ends the Cincinnati Reds/Ryan Madson Story: Ryan We Hardly Knew Ya

So Ryan Madson is now a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim aka Mike and Albert’s team.  Super!  Scott Boras has managed to negotiate for his client a successful contract that paid him $8.5 million dollars for…nothing.

In fairness to the Boras Corporation, and I am not really inclined to be fair to them, I am quite certain they did not wish for Madson to undergo Tommy John surgery in April.  That surgery cost them dearly in terms of commission this year.  While Madson resigned for $3.5 million with another $3.5 million in incentives dangled out like a carrot, the Reds have agreed to pay Jonathan Broxton$21 million over the next 4 years and Walt Jocketty can once more avoid dealing with Scott Boras for all intents and purposes.  Kind of a win-win in my mind.

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton (50) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the 8th inning of game one of the 2012 NLDS. Photo Credit: Kelley L. Cox US PRESSWIRE

I don’t blame Madson in the least for returning home to Southern California.  His responsibility is to his family and himself.  The distaste I have for Boras and his agency revolves around the ‘crimes’ he commits against the poetry of the game itself.  Baseball is a business but I do not need to be reminded of that fact.

Miraculously, the Reds will be alright after this unfortunate series of events.  Jonathan Broxton appears ready to assume the closer role.  Aroldis Chapman can at last transition into the starter role he was born to fill.  Sean Marshall can continue to flourish as the Reds setup man leaving just the job Broxton handled during the last half of the 2012 season to be addressed.  Can Logan Ondrusek fill this role or will the Reds seek another candidate as a second setup option?  It is far to early to tell, we may not know until opening day.

One truth does remain.  With Madson gone the only Boras Corporation client left with the Cincinnati Reds is former number 1 draft pick and Moeller High School alum Andrew Brackman.  He signed a one year deal last January and started the season with the Louisville Bats but in an underwhelming display of pitching control he finished the season in the Reds Advanced A affiliate the Bakersfield Blaze.  Not exactly the fairytale story he was hoping for.  I have no idea if the Reds will sign him again and I am guessing at this point he is not a high priority for either the Reds or the Boras Corporation.  With any luck, Brackman will dump Boras, sign a new deal with the Reds, and finally live up to the promise he showed the Yankees back in 2007.

We can only hope!

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Topics: Baseball, Cincinnati Reds, Jonathan Broxton, Ryan Madson

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