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Former Phillies Closer Ryan Madson to Throw for Scouts on Friday; New York Yankees May Be Interested

February 7th, 2014 at 9:15 AM
By Doug Rush

It's been a rough two years for former Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson, especially ever since he left the City of Brotherly Love.

After a successful 2011 campaign in which he pitches to a 4-2 record with a 2.37 ERA and 32 saves, Madson cashes in on a one-year, $6 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds, but never pitched after requiring Tommy John Surgery on his elbow. After 2012, Madson again signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, but again, didn't pitch for them because of his recovery from the surgery and was released from the team on August 5.

Madson, now 33-years-old, is on the comeback trail and looking to hook up with a major league team for 2014 season and will throw for scouts on Friday in Arizona with several interested teams like his old team in the Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles all interested and will be in attendance when he throws for scouts.

Jon-Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has reported that he wouldn't be surprised to see the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees both get into the mix since both teams are in need of a reliever for their respective bullpens.

The Yankees have tentatively decided to go with David Robertson to be their new closer to replace the retiring Mariano Rivera, but if Robertson falters at all, it would be wise of the Yankees to look at backup options and considering Madson has not pitched in two years, only a minor league deal would likely be required to sign Madson.

Madson had already previously worked out for an unknown team, but with the session he will have on Friday, if all goes well, he could have a few more interested teams and the Yankees may end up being a team that needs a kind of arm like his since they've lost relievers like Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan this offseason to free agency.

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Tags: Baseball, David Robertson, Mariano Rivera, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Madson

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