Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Minor League Deal Options For 2014: Ryan Madson

Ryan Madson has had a roller coaster of a career in the past couple seasons going from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. It started when the Philadelphia Phillies were prepared to offer Madson a big money long term contract to be their closer only to hand former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon a big money long term contract a few weeks later leaving Madson high and dry. Later is was revealed that Madson would need Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire 2012 season but not before signing a one year deal with the Cincinnati  Reds that he would never earn, not pitching a single pitch for the Reds. Madson would sign a one year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before the 2013 season and started the season on the disabled list still recovering from his Tommy John surgery. Madson was released on August 5th and seems unlikely to have a real impact in the majors this season making me think of him as a low risk high reward option for the 2014 season.

Madson will be entering his age 33 season in 2014 and two full seasons removed from his Tommy John surgery but with a value as low as you can get right now it may be time for the New York Yankees to pounce. It is no secret that the Yankees will lose both Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain to free agency and possibly Boone Logan as well and it would not hurt for the Yanks to have some insurance waiting in AAA. After failing to come back at all, let alone healthy and effective, in 2012 I believe Madson is primed to accept a minor league deal this coming off season. With all the question marks concerning the Yankees bullpen after this season and the lack of a real veteran presence outside of David Robertson the Yankees may be an attractive landing spot for Madson. Madson will be fully healthy and can use the 2013 season to build value, prove that he is healthy, and have a real shot at winning the World Series. The Yankees get a veteran arm for cheap and possibly can offer him a qualifying offer after 2014 if all goes well. Sounds like a no brainer to me so Ryan where do you sign?

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