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Ryan Madson | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 9 (0) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that the roles in the bullpen this season will likely be "fluid."
The skipper indicated that Ryan Madson, who saved 30 games for Oakland in 2016, would probably be the primary closer to begin the season. However, it sounds like many others could get an opportunity, with Santiago Casilla, Sean Doolittle, John Axford and possibly others all in the mix. The situation promises to be a headache for fantasy owners. Mar 21 - 6:01 PM

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Ryan Madson struck out three batters in a scoreless inning of work Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Madson worked around a single and a walk in the frame. He probably deserves to be considered the front-runner for the closer role after saving 30 games last season, but this situation could be a very frustrating one for fantasy owners. Santiago Casilla, Sean Doolittle, and John Axford also appeared in Friday’s game and could all find themselves in the mix for saves at some point this year. Good luck figuring this one out.
Mar 17 - 7:12 PM

Ryan Madson (arm) will make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday.

Madson was scratched from a scheduled appearance last Thursday due to some soreness in his pitching arm, but it was obviously considered minor. The veteran reliever is probably the favorite to open the season as the A's closer, but he faces competition.
Mar 5 - 11:43 AM

Ryan Madson was held out of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers because of "general soreness."

He'll be pushed back a few days but it doesn't sound like the A's are pressing the panic button. Madson was Oakland's primary closer last season but this year he'll face competition from John Axford, Santiago Casilla and Sean Doolittle.
Mar 2 - 6:06 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin reiterated Wednesday that he could use multiple options out of the closer role this season.

In other words, not much has changed since Melvin's comments last month. Ryan Madson saved 30 games for the A's last season, but the club signed Santiago Casilla over the winter and he could be in the mix here. The club also has Sean Doolittle and John Axford in-house. He doesn't expect spring performance to have a major impact on his decision-making, so this promises to be a confusing situation for fantasy owners.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that he's yet to decide who will be his closer this season.

The A's officially signed Santiago Casilla on Friday, and he'll be in the mix for saves along with Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle and perhaps others. Madson led the club with 30 saves last season and might have the initial leg up for the role going into 2017, but he would figure to have a short leash in that instance. The A's have a deep bullpen, but it might be a headache-inducing one for fantasy owners as they try to figure out who will get the most chances in the ninth inning.
Jan 20 - 2:35 PM

Ryan Madson took his seventh loss after giving up two runs in 1 1/3 innings Monday.

This makes four straight appearances in which Madson has allowed a run and four straight months of thoroughly mediocre pitching. The A's have nothing to play for, so they can keep running him out in closing situations if they want. They should be able to do better, though. Ryan Dull is the obvious alternative.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 01:12:00 AM

Ryan Madson allowed a run but bore down to finish off the Royals on Tuesday, earning his 30th save of the season in the process.

Madson gave up a one-out single, and two rounds of defensive indifference and one balk later that run came around to score. Madson focused up to get Eric Hosmer to ground out with the tying run on second base, though, preserving the victory. It's been quite a year for the 36-year-old, who has now saved 30 games for the second time in his career. Madson has a 3.17 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 59 appearances, and with a handful of games left to play the right-hander has a decent shot at reaching the single-season best of 32 saves he accomplished with the Phillies in 2011.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 10:30:00 PM

Ryan Madson turned in a clean ninth inning versus the Cardinals to earn his 26th save of the season on Saturday.

He struck out one batter and didn't allow any hits or walks. He isn't one of the more dominant closers in the league and he doesn't have a lock on the closer role in Oakland but by and large he has gotten the job done this year. He has a 3.25 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 10:34:00 PM

Ryan Madson pitched around trouble to record his 24th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

Madson entered in the ninth with the A's clinging to a 2-1 lead. Adam Jones almost immediately put up a challenge to that disadvange with a leadoff single. Hyun-soo Choo then rapped into a double play. Smooth sailing? Not quite. He proceeded to walk Manny Machado before striking out Chris Davis looking to end the game. It wasn't exactly the smoothest outing, but Madson got the job done regardless. For the season, he holds a 3.59 ERA and 39/15 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings. He does have 24 saves to his good name, but he has also blown six.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 01:19:00 AM

Ryan Madson was perfect in the ninth Monday, protecting a one-run lead against the Orioles for his 23rd save.

Madson hasn't inspired much confidence these last six weeks, but for financial reasons, if nothing else, the A's would prefer to keep closing with him rather than turn the job over to Ryan Dull. Madson has turned in scoreless appearances in six of nine outings since the All-Star break.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 12:50:00 AM

Ryan Madson pitched a shaky ninth inning but earned a save despite giving up a run on Wednesday.

He has 22 saves but has also blown six already. At 7.36 K/9 Madson does not have the premium strikeout rate that is the hallmark of reliable closers. He has a 3.89 ERA in 44 innings and is a trade candidate this week. His owners may want to handcuff Ryan Dull quickly.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 12:03:00 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.

Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)."
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 07:50:00 PM

Ryan Madson took his sixth blown save after giving up a two-run homer to the Rangers in Monday's loss.

Madson has given up a whopping five homers and 10 runs in his last 12 innings of work, so his time as a closer could be coming to a close. Ryan Dull has looked like Oakland's best reliever all season long and is worthy of an opportunity.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 11:37:00 PM

Ryan Madson gave up three runs while retiring only one batter in the bottom of the ninth inning in Houston to blow a save and take a loss on Friday.

Madson started the ninth inning with a two-run lead. He retired Marwin Gonzalez on a bunt attempt. Jose Altuve singled and stole second. Madson struck out Carlos Correa on a wild pitch that allowed the batter to reach first base safely. Madson then faced Luis Valbuena, who hit a clutch walk-off home run. The blown save was his fourth in 21 chances. Madson's ERA shoots up to 3.47 as his record falls to 3-3. This will loosen his already tenuous grip on the closer's role in Oakland. It helps that his primary competition for the job, Sean Doolittle, is on the disabled list with a sore shoulder.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 01:49:00 AM

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