Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Report: Madson signs with the Reds

PBR - Ryan Madson has signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, according to various reports.

Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Madson went 4-2 last season with the Phillies and notched 32 saves. In nine seasons with the Phils the 31-year-old compiled a 3.59 career ERA and 67% save conversion rate.

The Phillies originally had an interest in re-signing Madson  to a four-year deal worth $44 million, but ownership axed the offer and the club changed directions and signed Jonathan Papelbon.

Statistically, last season was the best of Madson's career as he finished with a WAR of 2.2 and a career best 3.1 HR/FB.

Moving to Great American Ballpark, I expect his HR/FB number to trend upwards toward his career average of 7.1, especially considering how favorable GAB is to hitters (107 park factor in 2011). However, if he stays healthy (and if Scott Boras doesn't over-value him) he should be able to sign a lucrative long-term deal after the 2012 season.

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