Reds’ General Manager Walt Jocketty completed his off-season hat trick in an attempt to revamp the Reds’ pitching staff when he agreed to terms with right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Madson on reportedly a one-year deal worth $8.5 million.
After dealing for starter Mat Latos and landing left-handed setup man Sean Marshall in exchange for Travis Wood, Jocketty secured one of the best closers available in the free agent market this winter.
The team hasn’t announced the deal officially as Madson will need to pass a physical still. There are indications that could take a few days. Once a formal deal is announced we will also have a better gage on what incentives and bonuses are involved in the contract.
Madson posted a 2.37 ERA with 9.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 48.8% ground ball rate in 60 2/3 innings for the Phillies in 2011. The 31-year-old saved 32 games in his first full season as a closer.
He was negotiating with the Phillies earlier this offseason, but after they opted for Jonathan Pabelpon. The Reds waited and the closer market dropped, leaving them a bargain at least for one year.
The Reds' bullpen looks impressive with its latest additions of Madson and Marshall joining left hander Bill Bray and righties Nick Masset, Logan Ondrusek, Jose Arredondo, and Sam LeCure.
Here’s a look at more stats (from Lance McAlister, 700WLW.com):
10-4, 2.45, 37 SV
96 H, 29 BB, 126 K
10.0 K/9.........2.3 BB/9
4 consecutive postseason appearances
2 World Series appearances
World Series title (2008)
33 postseason games: 2-1 2.31, 2 SV
GABP: 8 games, 8 IN, 10 H, 7 ER, 4 HR, 7.88
Most career HR allowed by ballpark: 32 Citizens Bank, 4 GABP, 4 Turner Field
ERA: 1.74 vs Mil (18g), 1.72 vs St L (22g)
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