Posted November 28, 2012

Reports: Angels to sign Ryan Madson, unlikely to retain Zack Greinke


Reliever Ryan Madson did not pitch for the Reds last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. (Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

In search of pitching, the Los Angeles Angels have reportedly upgraded their bullpen and decided to change plans for their starting rotation.

The team agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent reliever Ryan Madson, a baseball source told’s Jerry Crasnick, but is unlikely to sign free-agent starter Zack Greinke, according to’s Danny Knobler.

Madson signed a 1-year, $8.5-million with the Reds before last season, but never threw a pitch for Cincinnati after undergoing Tommy John surgery. That deal included a mutual option for 2013 worth $11 million, but the right-hander declined in favor of a $2.5-million buyout.

Madson spent the first nine years of his career with the Phillies, posting an ERA below 3.30 in each of the last five. He saved 32 games in 34 opportunities in 2011, his first season as a full-time closer.

Signing Greinke was once considered the Angels top priority, but the 29-year-old right-hander’s contract demands are out of the team’s price range, according to Knobler’s report.

Greinke has drawn strong interest from the Dodgers, who are operating under different spending limits than the Angels (or just about any other team). The Rangers are also known to be interested.

And the Angels, who still don’t have a No. 3 starter behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson?

“It won’t be Greinke,” said one person familiar with their plans.


Greinke appears to want it both ways....He's susceptible to pitching in or for big market teams because of a possible social anxiety disorder and I am not discounting or questioning the likelihood of the diagnosis; however, he's also expecting or asking for a TOP TOP DOLLAR long term contract . It seems to me that these are almost diametrically opposed. I've suffered from anxiety and depression at times in my life so I am not making fun of Greinke here but c'mon dude, it's like saying you just lost a big toe in an accident but you expect your country to allow you to run in the 100 meter dash in the next Olympics. Greinke is either getting some very poor advise from a greedy agent who does not really care to accept Greinke's condition or Greinke himself is now too greedy to admit to his possible weaknesses as a highly paid professional athlete. He'd probably be better off signing with Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Minnesota and being an appreciated solid starter rather than a hugely overpaid disappointment for the Dodgers or the Rangers.


I won't rule my Halos out yet, but the reported 160 mil is definitely too high. Considering that quite a few players will see their salaries jump in the next year or two, they can't afford to slide another big contract like that in there. I believe they'll find good, value alternatives to overspending on Greinke.