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Ryan Madson | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 9 (0) / PHI
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Ryan Madson now has seven saves in 2016, after navigating a painless inning to secure a 8-5 victory over the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays challenged Ezequiel Carrera's being called out in the ninth, as he tried to bunt for a one-out hit, but that proved unsuccessful and Madson easily collected his seventh save. He's been one of the more pleasant stories of the young season, as he's finally clawed his way back to a closer's role after missing three years due to injury. The right-hander has yet to issue a single walk in 2016 and has struck out eight batters in 9 2/3 innings. Apr 22 - 11:02 PM

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Ryan Madson got two outs to earn his sixth save of the season Thursday against the Yankees.

Liam Hendriks was given the chance to secure a four-run lead, but one out and two singles later, A's manager Bob Melvin called on his closer to finish the deed. Madson obliged, striking out Starlin Castro and getting Carlos Beltran to ground out to end the game. Madson has allowed just two earned runs over 8 2/3 innings thus far, collecting six saves to go with a 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 8/1 K/BB ratio.
Apr 21 - 11:52 PM

Ryan Madson pitched a perfect 11th inning Tuesday to record his fifth save of the season in a win over the Yankees.

He needed just 12 pitches to dispose of the Bombers in order to preserve the one-run victory. It's possible the A's will use Sean Doolittle to close some games when the opposition has lefties due up, but Madson is pitching well and clearly the preferred option right now.
Apr 19 - 11:07 PM

Ryan Madson picked up his fourth save of the season on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run advantage over the Royals.

John Axford worked ahead of him in the eighth inning while Sean Doolittle did not pitch. Madson has been the top option out of the A's bullpen in the early going, compiling a 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over seven innings of work.
Apr 17 - 7:00 PM

Ryan Madson was called on for the save Saturday and delivered, yielding an unearned run to close out the Athletics' 5-3 win over the Royals.

It's been anyone's guess as to whom the ninth inning belongs to, as both Madson and Sean Doolittle have earned saves, but Doolittle was used in the eighth while Madson pitched the ninth on Saturday. A walk and an error put Madson behind the eight ball, but he pitched out of it to earn his third save of the year. It's hard to fully trust either reliever while both are being used late in games, but Madson has three saves to Doolittle's one and may end up getting the bulk of the chances being a right-handed pitcher. It's a situation worth monitoring.
Apr 16 - 9:31 PM

Ryan Madson notched his second save with a perfect ninth Friday against the Mariners.

A's manager Bob Melvin opted to play matchups with nominal closer Sean Doolittle, using him in the eighth inning of a tie game with the middle of the Mariners' order coming up. Doolittle got through the inning unscathed, and the A's took the lead in the top of the ninth, giving Madson the save chance. Madson has been throwing very well since day one this spring, so the A's should continue to take advantage of matchups with the opportunity presents itself. That said, Doolittle figures to remain the primary closer while healthy.
Apr 9 - 1:25 AM

With Sean Doolittle getting the night off, Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save Wednesday.

Doolittle had pitched back-to-back days, and the A's certainly didn't want to test his arm by pitching him in three straight this early in the year. Madson got the job done in his place, which isn't surprising; he's looked like the superior reliever since the beginning of the spring.
Apr 7 - 1:14 AM

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

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 MLB.com'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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Matt McBride
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Khris Davis
2Coco Crisp
3Mark Canha
CF1Billy Burns
2Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Chris Coghlan
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Chris Bassitt
4Rich Hill
5Felix Doubront
6Henderson Alvarez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Fernando Rodriguez
7Ryan Dull
8R.J. Alvarez
9Jarrod Parker