Phillies Made Right Call on Ryan Madson
Two years ago, the Philadelphia Phillies were faced with a tough decision. Ryan Madson was coming off a great season in his first year in the closer’s role. There were reports that they offered him a contract in the four-year, $44 million range and that he turned it down.
The Phillies decided to go the Jonathan Papelbon route, and Madson signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds after discovering a soft market for his services.
Then? His arm was shot out and he needed Tommy John surgery. In case you were wondering, that’s not good.
Coming off of surgery, he was able to sign with the Anaheim Angels. But, things don’t seem to be getting any better. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Madson is delayed in his rehab due to more soreness in his surgically repaired arm.
“#Angels RHP Ryan Madson said he hasn’t thrown a bullpen since Thu because of some discomfort. Team has modified his rehab now,” Fletcher tweets.
This isn’t a huge deal for the Angels because they knew they were getting a guy coming off of major surgery and paid him accordingly. Imagine if the Phils were stuck with him at $44 million? Amaro, Jr. would be getting killed right about now.