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Ryan Madson | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Washington Nationals
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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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on Fantasy Sports Radio on SiriusXM on Monday morning that Ryan Madson was the team's initial target with the Athletics before the deal was expanded to include Sean Doolittle.
The Nationals haven't decided who will close following the trade, but it's something for fantasy owners to think about as they weigh who to pick up in the back-end of this bullpen. Madson is right-handed while Doolittle is left-handed, so he could have the edge even if the Nats play the matchups. Jul 17 - 10:28 AM

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Nationals acquired RHP Ryan Madson and LHP Sean Doolittle from the Athletics in exchange for RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo and 3B Sheldon Neuse.

Madson has posted a 2.06 ERA and 39/6 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings for the A's this season. Both he and Doolittle could be in the mix for saves in Washington, and Madson would have the leg up if manager Dusty Baker prefers a right-hander. Madson is under contract through 2018.
Jul 16 - 1:19 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Justin Wilson and Ryan Madson are "two of the Nationals' prime bullpen targets."

Rosenthal notes, however, that the Nats "have yet to engage in serious talks" with either the Tigers or A's. Both relievers seem likely to be traded, although Madson is the better bet since Oakland will definitely be sellers. Washington figures to go after a top-flight closer at the deadline in addition to setup-type arms like Wilson and Madson as they try to reinforce their leaky bullpen.
Jun 18 - 9:27 AM

Ryan Madson struck out three batters in the ninth inning to earn his first save of the season on Saturday against the Mariners.

Before the season began most observers felt Madson would serve as the primary closer in Oakland but that has not been the case. The Athletics profess to be using a closer-by-committee but in truth it has been Santiago Casilla getting most of the chances. Madson has been rock solid in the early going. He has a 1.23 ERA with nine strikeouts and one walk in 7 1/3 innings.
Apr 22 - 8:59 PM

Ryan Madson took a loss Friday after giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning against the Astros.

Madson came into a tie game to start the sixth and gave up singles to three of the five batters he faced. Ryan Dull came in and got the A's out of the jam, but it was too late to prevent Madson from taking the loss. It's the first run he's given up in four innings this season.
Apr 15 - 1:42 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that he has talked to all of his relievers about their roles for the upcoming season but will not announce a closer publicly.

It looks as though we will have to wait and see who he turns to with a lead in the ninth inning once the games start to count. Ryan Madson finished the 2016 season in the ninth inning role but faces competition from Santiago Casilla, Sean Doolittle and John Axford for save chances. This bullpen could be a mess all season for fantasy owners.
Apr 1 - 2:05 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the team could open the year with more than one closer.

It sounds like the A's could be headed for a full-on closer by committee. Ryan Madson held the closer gig throughout 2016 but he faces competition from former Giants ninth-inning man Santiago Casilla (who was blown apart for five runs yesterday) and a healthy Sean Doolittle. Until one of them breaks away from the pack, this will be a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.
Mar 30 - 9:34 PM

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.

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

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