By: Daniel Satter
Today, Ryan Madson agreed to sign a deal with the Oakland A’s for 3 years worth $22 mil, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. This is a questionable and risky signing with a team in a rebuilding mode. It is a risky deal because Madson is already 35 years old.
Next, Madson made a 2015 comeback after missing 3 seasons (2012-2014) with those nagging arm injuries. Madson had a successful 2015 season that helped him land a deal from the Oakland A’s.
In addition, Madson pitched with the Royals in the 2015 season and it went well by earning a 2.13 ERA in 63.1 innings and striking out 58 batters. He also saved 3 games. Madson looked like his old dominate form that he had in Philadelphia.
Finally, the A’s added Madson to thrive near the back end of the bullpen. Also, Sean Doolittle missed most of last season with a shoulder injury and if those problems continue then Madson would be penciled in as the closer. Maybe the Athletics trade Doolittle for some key pieces and just let Madson close out games.
Grade: B, but a head scratcher move.