Re: Official waiver trade deadline thread (August 31)
Originally Posted by Gallen5862
Angels Release Ryan Madson
By Charlie Wilmoth [August 5 at 9:16pm CST]
The Angels have released reliever Ryan Madson, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports (on Twitter). Madson signed a one-year, $3.5MM deal with the Angels last November to bolster what turned out to be a weak bullpen. But the investment hasn't paid dividends, since Madson hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2011 -- he spent all of 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery, and has not yet returned to pitch in 2013, except in one May rehab appearance with Class A+ Inland Empire. Madson threw bullpen sessions in Arizona last month.
Madson has a 3.59 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 630 career innings pitched. He posted a 2.37 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 2011 with the Phillies.
Proof for the crowd who was touting trusting the pen to Madsen on the assumption coming back from TJ is a foregone conclusion. I was reallly happy the Reds didn't bring him back and decided to pursue actual answers for the role he would have played. Counting on any guy coming back from injury is a poor practice IMO. It's why I thought the Reds needed to make a move or two to help the Pen and the OF this year. I hope these guys coming back can have an impact, but it's just a hope at this point.
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