According to ESPN, an unnamed MLB source has confirmed that former Phillies relief pitcher, Ryan Madson, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The deal would be contingent on Madson passing a physical.
Madson, 32-years old, spent eight years with the Phillies where he enjoyed a good deal of success as a setup man and occasional closer. He, along with Brad Lidge, was an integral part of the Phillies bullpen during their World Series season in 2008. Last season, Madson signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds where he was projected to be the closer. But in late March, Madson suffered an elbow injury and was forced into season ending Tommy-John surgery.
The Angels were looking to improve their bullpen that ranked 3rd worst in the American League last season and were 2nd only to the Red Sox in blown saves.
The move is a low risk/high reward one. If he can bounce back from TJ Surgery, the Angels will have a solid relief pitcher for pennies on the dollar and likely and inside track into re-signing him after this season.