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Ryan Madson | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 210
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 Saturday that Ryan Madson will be utilized in the eighth inning as the primary set-up man for Sean Doolittle.
The announcement doesn't come as a huge surprise, but makes Madson the handcuff candidate behind the oft-injured Doolittle. He's certainly worth a late round pick in drafts where speculating on saves. Jan 24 - 6:29 PM

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Athletics signed RHP Ryan Madson to a three-year, $22 million contract.

The deal became official after he passed a physical, which couldn't have been viewed as a certainty given his medical history. It's that lengthy injury history which makes a three-year pact for Madson very risky, but there's no denying he was excellent in 2015, holding a 2.13 ERA and 58/14 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings. He'll likely set up in Oakland but could see some save chances.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 03:34:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Ryan Madson has agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract with the Athletics.

Madson was terrific in a bounce-back season with the Royals in 2015, putting up a 2.13 ERA and 58/14 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings. That said, hoping his arm holds up for three years after he just missed the same number of seasons due to injury is quite the risk. He should serve in a setup role for the A's, although we can't rule out him getting some save chances with Sean Doolittle coming off a season plagued by shoulder woes.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Now that they are out of the mix for Darren O'Day, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Dodgers top bullpen target is now Ryan Madson.

The Dodgers need to rebuild their setup corps in front of closer Kenley Jansen, and Madson would be a nice step in that direction. The 35-year-old right-hander registered a terrific 2.13 ERA and 58/14 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings in a comeback effort for the Royals in 2015. He's likely to secure a lucrative multi-year deal this winter.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 10:52:00 AM

According to's Jane Lee, the A's are interested in free agent reliever Ryan Madson and believe they are "square in the mix" to acquire him.

Madson breathed life back into his career in 2015 with the World Series-champion Royals, posting a 2.13 ERA and 58/14 K/BB ratio across 63 1/3 regular-season innings. The 35-year-old former Phillies closer is also drawing interest from the Dodgers and Blue Jays -- two teams that tend to spend much more money than Oakland.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 03:43:00 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent reliever Ryan Madson.

Crasnick reports that the Jays are in the market to upgrade their bullpen and prefer relievers with prior closing experience. The 35-year-old right-hander certainly fits that bill, having 55 career saves under his belt, 32 of them as the Phillies stopper in 2011.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 05:10:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have contacted free agent reliever Ryan Madson.

While Kenley Jansen is an excellent closer, the bridge to the ninth inning proved to be a shaky one in 2015. The Dodgers have been mentioned as a possible trade partner for Aroldis Chapman and a fit for Darren O'Day in free agency, but Madson makes for an appealing alternative after reviving his career with a 2.13 ERA and 58/14 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings with the Royals this season. The Long Beach, California native could land a multi-year deal in a weak market for relievers.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 01:15:00 PM

Ryan Madson (arm) allowed a run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work Sunday against the White Sox.

Madson hadn't pitched since August 22 due to a case of dead arm. The veteran right-hander is enjoying a commendable bounceback season, with a 2.58 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 52 1/3 frames, but the gas tank might be empty here in September. Madson probably won't be used in many high-leverage situations down the stretch.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 08:40:00 AM

Ryan Madson (arm) will throw a bullpen session Thursday and is hoping to be available this weekend.

Madson hasn't pitched since August 22 due to a case of dead arm. The veteran reliever boasts a 2.45 ERA in 55 relief appearances this season for the Royals and should be in line for a nice payday over the winter if his health cooperates down the stretch.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 05:29:00 PM

Ryan Madson hasn't pitched since August 22 because of a dead arm.

Prior to this season, Madson hadn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, so the fatigue is understandable. He's been a valuable setup man for Kansas City, posting a 2.45 ERA across 55 appearances. Opponents have hit just .207 against the right-hander this year.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 04:53:00 PM

Ryan Madson pitched a pair of hitless innings Thursday against the White Sox.

Madson's comeback is off to a terrific start, with just one run and five hits allowed over 7 2/3 innings. It doesn't really make him an AL-only option, but it's nice rooting for him.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 12:44:00 AM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Ryan Madson from Triple-A Omaha.

It's been reported previously that Madson wasn't expected to make the Opening Day roster, but perhaps the Royals decided to keep him around so he wouldn't exercise his opt-out. The former closer hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 due to continuous elbow problems.
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 02:52:00 PM

Ryan Madson worked a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's 3-0 shutout of the Mariners.

Madson's results have been a bit inconsistent during the spring, which is to be expected of a player who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 due to continuous elbow problems. The veteran reliever won't make the Royals' 25-man roster and can opt out after spring training, but he could head to Triple-A Omaha to serve as depth in the hopes of a mid-season call-up.
Thu, Mar 26, 2015 06:46:00 PM

Ryan Madson has an opportunity to opt out of his contract at the end of spring training.

Madson isn't expected to break camp with the Royals, but he told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that the thought hasn't crossed his mind. Madson has a 4.50 ERA in six spring innings, and he's likely to be assigned to Triple-A Omaha to start the season.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 10:05:00 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star believes that it's unlikely that Ryan Madson earns a spot in the Royals' Opening Day bullpen.

Royals manager Ned Yost has been impressed by what he's seen out of Madson thus far in Cactus League play, there just doesn't appear to be a spot for him in the bullpen to begin the season. He's likely to begin the season at Triple-A Omaha but should get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the year.
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 10:31:00 PM

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