Foreword: Obviously as you can tell this was originally suppose to be a 9 part series back in November when the Reds were still searching for a closer and there were 9 free agents at the time that I thought we as Reds fans should take a closer look at. However with the holidays, Family and a serious illness that landed me in the hospital over the new year holiday I have been unable to work on this until now. The Reds signed a closure in the time period I was away Mr. Ryan Madson so we will finish this series with a closer look at him.
Ryan Michael Madson (Mad Dog)
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 6″, Weight: 200 lb.
Born: August 28, 1980 in Long Beach, CA (Age 31)
High School: Valley View (Moreno Co., CA)
Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 9th round of the 1998 amateur draft.
Signed: June 10, 1998.
Debut: September 27, 2003
Team: Phillies 2003-2011 2012: REDS
2012 Contract Status: 1 year 6 million (some money deferred) 2013: Mutual option 11 million with a 2.5 million buy out
Service Time: (01/2012): 8.027,
Free Agent: 2013 with mutual option
Agents: Scott Boras
Pros: Age: 31, 2011: 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 32 saves in 34 chances plus more
Cons: 1 season (2011) as a full time closer
Analysis: Of the original top 9 closers list I had for this series Ryan Madson was number 1 on it. I believe of all the free agent closers out there at the beginning of the off season there is none that is a better for the REDs than Ryan Madson. Madson was a stater early in his career before being moved to the Bullpen and then became the setup man for Philly. In the 2010 season Ryan took over for the Injured Brad Lidge on a limited bases were he converted 5 saves out of 10 opportunities. Then in 2011 he be came the Phillies full time closer. As I listed up top in the pros category in 2011 Madson was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and convert 32 saves in 34 opportunities but thats not all. He finishes 2011 with 17 consecutive scoreless innings with 9 of those being saves. As a matter of fact of his 62 appearances, 53 were scoreless outings. A closer look at 2011 shows of the 60 and 2/3 innings Madson had 54 hits, 16 walks(8 of which were intentional) and 62 strikeouts. If you worried about him pitching in Great American Ball Park (AKA Cape Canaveral North) he comes from Philly which is similar to GABP and last year he only gave up 2 HRs 1 of which was at home. In fact in his career he has only given up 5 HRs total while pitching in Cincinnati. Of all the moves Walt Jocketty and the Reds have made this offseason I believe this to be the best one. I believe it to be a major upgrade at closer over Cordero not only is he younger than COCO but has a better strike out average of 9.2 per inning compared to Cordero’s 5.4. Also lets not forget he brings some World series experience with him from Philly as well. Well done Uncle Walt and welcome to Cincy Mad Dog!!!