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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 38)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
48.7 3.87 1.19 49 2 1 1 0.3
Birth Date8-28-1980
Height6' 6"
Weight234 lbs
Age38 years, 8 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.42015
0.12016
1.02017
-0.12018
0.32019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2003 PHI MLB 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 93 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 50% .000 0.00 2.97 0.00 85 3.68 77.1 0.0
2004 PHI MLB 52 1 77.0 9 3 1 68 19 55 6 99 7.9 2.2 0.7 6.4 54% .273 1.13 3.46 2.34 88 3.50 72.2 1.7
2005 PHI MLB 78 0 87.0 6 5 0 84 25 79 11 100 8.7 2.6 1.1 8.2 49% .299 1.25 3.88 4.14 88 3.66 78.8 1.8
2006 PHI MLB 50 17 134.3 11 9 2 176 50 99 20 99 11.8 3.3 1.3 6.6 45% .354 1.68 4.90 5.69 103 5.37 109.4 0.6
2007 PHI MLB 38 0 56.0 2 2 1 48 23 43 5 105 7.7 3.7 0.8 6.9 49% .262 1.27 4.13 3.05 98 4.56 94.4 0.6
2008 PHI MLB 76 0 82.7 4 2 1 79 23 67 6 99 8.6 2.5 0.7 7.3 53% .300 1.23 3.29 3.05 78 3.88 82.7 1.4
2009 PHI MLB 79 0 77.3 5 5 10 73 22 78 7 97 8.5 2.6 0.8 9.1 48% .314 1.23 3.18 3.26 80 3.20 68.7 1.7
2010 PHI MLB 55 0 53.0 6 2 5 42 13 64 4 89 7.1 2.2 0.7 10.9 51% .288 1.04 2.62 2.55 61 2.81 63.6 1.3
2011 PHI MLB 62 0 60.7 4 2 32 54 16 62 2 91 8.0 2.4 0.3 9.2 51% .315 1.15 2.21 2.37 71 3.30 76.6 1.0
2015 KCA MLB 68 0 63.3 1 2 3 47 14 58 5 102 6.7 2.0 0.7 8.2 56% .249 0.96 3.05 2.13 80 2.85 66.5 1.4
2016 OAK MLB 63 0 64.7 6 7 30 63 20 49 7 95 8.8 2.8 1.0 6.8 48% .292 1.28 4.01 3.62 103 4.80 106.3 0.1
2017 OAK 0 40 0 39.3 2 4 1 25 6 39 2 106 5.7 1.4 0.5 8.9 57% .242 0.79 2.42 2.06 87 3.81 81.1 0.6
2017 WAS 0 20 0 19.7 3 0 1 13 3 28 0 98 5.9 1.4 0.0 12.8 55% .310 0.81 1.09 1.37 75 3.16 67.3 0.4
2018 LAN 0 9 0 8.3 0 0 0 10 1 13 1 97 10.8 1.1 1.1 14.0 27% .429 1.32 1.92 6.48 63 1.67 37.4 0.3
2018 WAS 0 49 0 44.3 2 5 4 48 15 41 6 100 9.7 3.0 1.2 8.3 47% .326 1.42 4.31 5.28 112 5.82 130.1 -0.5
2017 TOT MLB 60 0 59.0 5 4 2 38 9 67 2 103 5.8 1.4 0.3 10.2 56% .263 0.80 1.97 1.83 83 3.59 76.5 1.0
2018 TOT MLB 58 0 52.7 2 5 4 58 16 54 7 99 9.9 2.7 1.2 9.2 45% .340 1.41 3.94 5.47 105 5.17 115.4 -0.1
CareerMLB74018869.761489183025077582988.62.60.88.050%.3021.243.533.48883.9885.512.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1998 MAR Rk APL 12 10 54.0 3 3 0 57 20 52 5 9.5 3.3 0.8 8.7 0% -.675 1.43 4.48 4.83 0 0.00 0.0
1999 BAT A- NYP 15 15 87.7 5 5 0 80 43 75 5 8.2 4.4 0.5 7.7 0% -.610 1.40 4.22 4.72 0 0.00 0.0
2000 KAN A SAL 21 21 135.7 14 5 0 113 45 123 5 7.5 3.0 0.3 8.2 0% -.624 1.16 3.16 2.59 0 0.00 0.0
2001 CLR A+ FSL 22 21 117.7 9 9 0 137 49 101 4 10.5 3.7 0.3 7.7 0% -.858 1.58 3.20 3.90 0 0.00 0.0
2002 REA AA EAS 26 26 171.3 16 4 0 150 53 132 11 7.9 2.8 0.6 6.9 0% .283 1.19 3.61 3.20 0 0.00 0.0
2003 PHI MLB NL 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 93 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 50% .000 0.00 2.97 0.00 85 3.68 77.1
2003 CLR A+ FSL 2 2 8.0 0 0 0 11 2 9 0 12.4 2.3 0.0 10.1 0% .440 1.63 1.55 5.63 0 0.00 0.0
2003 SWB AAA INT 26 26 157.0 12 8 0 157 42 138 9 9.0 2.4 0.5 7.9 0% .322 1.27 3.26 3.50 0 0.00 0.0
2004 PHI MLB NL 52 1 77.0 9 3 1 68 19 55 6 99 7.9 2.2 0.7 6.4 54% .273 1.13 3.46 2.34 88 3.50 72.2
2004 REA AA EAS 2 1 2.0 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 13.5 9.0 4.5 4.5 0% .286 2.50 11.75 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2005 PHI MLB NL 78 0 87.0 6 5 0 84 25 79 11 100 8.7 2.6 1.1 8.2 49% .299 1.25 3.88 4.14 88 3.66 78.8
2006 PHI MLB NL 50 17 134.3 11 9 2 176 50 99 20 99 11.8 3.3 1.3 6.6 45% .354 1.68 4.90 5.69 103 5.37 109.4
2007 PHI MLB NL 38 0 56.0 2 2 1 48 23 43 5 105 7.7 3.7 0.8 6.9 49% .262 1.27 4.13 3.05 98 4.56 94.4
2007 REA AA EAS 2 0 3.0 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 114 9.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 43% .429 1.00 0.59 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 PHI MLB NL 76 0 82.7 4 2 1 79 23 67 6 99 8.6 2.5 0.7 7.3 53% .300 1.23 3.29 3.05 78 3.88 82.7
2009 PHI MLB NL 79 0 77.3 5 5 10 73 22 78 7 97 8.5 2.6 0.8 9.1 48% .314 1.23 3.18 3.26 80 3.20 68.7
2010 PHI MLB NL 55 0 53.0 6 2 5 42 13 64 4 89 7.1 2.2 0.7 10.9 51% .288 1.04 2.62 2.55 61 2.81 63.6
2010 CLR A+ FSL 2 0 2.0 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 95 4.5 0.0 4.5 13.5 40% .000 0.50 6.93 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2010 REA AA EAS 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 116 9.0 0.0 0.0 4.5 33% .333 1.00 3.85 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2010 LEH AAA INT 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 85 5.3 10.6 0.0 10.6 75% .250 1.76 4.46 5.29 0 0.00 0.0
2011 PHI MLB NL 62 0 60.7 4 2 32 54 16 62 2 91 8.0 2.4 0.3 9.2 51% .315 1.15 2.21 2.37 71 3.30 76.6
2011 CLR A+ FSL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 91 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 100% .000 0.00 4.37 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2013 SBR A+ CAL 1 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 83 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 50% .000 0.00 1.76 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2015 KCA MLB AL 68 0 63.3 1 2 3 47 14 58 5 102 6.7 2.0 0.7 8.2 56% .249 0.96 3.05 2.13 80 2.85 66.5
2016 OAK MLB AL 63 0 64.7 6 7 30 63 20 49 7 95 8.8 2.8 1.0 6.8 48% .292 1.28 4.01 3.62 103 4.80 106.3
2017 OAK MLB AL 40 0 39.3 2 4 1 25 6 39 2 106 5.7 1.4 0.5 8.9 57% .242 0.79 2.42 2.06 87 3.81 81.1
2017 WAS MLB NL 20 0 19.7 3 0 1 13 3 28 0 98 5.9 1.4 0.0 12.8 55% .310 0.81 1.09 1.37 75 3.16 67.3
2018 LAN MLB NL 9 0 8.3 0 0 0 10 1 13 1 97 10.8 1.1 1.1 14.0 27% .429 1.32 1.92 6.48 63 1.67 37.4
2018 WAS MLB NL 49 0 44.3 2 5 4 48 15 41 6 100 9.7 3.0 1.2 8.3 47% .326 1.42 4.31 5.28 112 5.82 130.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 1218 0.5066 0.5016 0.7463 0.6645 0.3344 0.8024 0.6318 0.2537
2009 1167 0.5141 0.5099 0.7311 0.6233 0.3898 0.8155 0.5882 0.2689
2010 823 0.4642 0.5055 0.6538 0.6440 0.3855 0.7886 0.4588 0.3462
2011 921 0.4452 0.5147 0.6857 0.6537 0.4031 0.7985 0.5388 0.3143
2015 892 0.5112 0.4944 0.7120 0.6601 0.3211 0.7973 0.5286 0.2880
2016 986 0.4686 0.4980 0.7495 0.6602 0.3550 0.8262 0.6237 0.2505
2017 860 0.4616 0.4872 0.7064 0.6499 0.3477 0.8062 0.5466 0.2936
2018 834 0.5180 0.5156 0.7140 0.6968 0.3209 0.7973 0.5194 0.2860
Career77010.48770.50350.71530.65560.35760.80480.56090.2847

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-02 2013-05-02 On-Alr 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Scar Tissue - -
2013-03-22 2013-08-05 60-DL 136 110 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-04-11 -
2013-02-01 2013-03-22 Camp 49 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-04-11 -
2012-03-26 2012-10-12 60-DL 200 162 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-04-11 -
2012-02-28 2012-03-26 Camp 27 0 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
2011-06-19 2011-07-15 15-DL 26 19 Right Hand Contusion and Inflammation Small Muscles -
2011-05-22 2011-05-24 DTD 2 2 Right Hand Contusion Batted Ball -
2010-04-29 2010-07-08 60-DL 70 62 Right Surgery Big Toe Fracture 2010-05-04
2009-09-04 2009-09-08 DTD 4 4 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2008-04-05 2008-04-10 DTD 5 5 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-07-30 2007-10-07 60-DL 69 58 Right Shoulder Strain -
2007-05-05 2007-05-23 15-DL 18 16 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2004-07-26 2004-09-03 15-DL 39 35 Right Fingers Sprain Little Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 WAS $7,666,666
2017 OAK $7,666,667
2016 OAK $6,666,667
2015 KCA $850,000
2013 ANA $3,500,000
2012 CIN $6,000,000
2011 PHI $4,833,333
2010 PHI $4,833,333
2009 PHI $2,333,333
2008 PHI $1,400,000
2007 PHI $1,100,000
2006 PHI $400,000
2005 PHI $350,000
2004 PHI $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$47,899,999
14 yrTotal$47,899,999

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 155 dAll Bases Covered3 years/$22M (2016-18)

Details
  • 3 years/$22M (2016-18). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/7/15. $0.5M signing bonus. 16:$6.5M, 17:$7.5M, 18:$7.5M. May earn an additional $1.25M annually in performance bonuses based on games finished. Assignment bonus of $0.25M with trade. Acquired by Washington in trade from Oakland 7/16/17. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Washington 8/31/18 with Dodgers responsible for $1.25M remaining on contract.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2015). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/4/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.85M in majors. May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster 5/1/15. May earn additional $0.15M in performance bonuses. Contract selected by Kansas City 4/5/15.
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2013). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 11/28/12. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 35, 40, 45, 50 games finished. Roster bonuses: $0.5M each for 1, 45, 90, 135, 180 days on active roster and not on disabled list with right arm injury. Released by LA Angels 8/5/13.
  • 1 year/$8.5M (2012), plus 2013 mutual option. Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 1/20/12. 12:$6M, 13:$11M mutual option, $2.5M buyout. Of 2012 salary, $2M is deferred until 11/1/12 and $2M is deferred until 11/1/13. Madson declined 2013 option 10/31/12.
  • 3 years/$12M (2009-11). $1M signing bonus. 09:$2M, 10:$4.5M, 11:$4.5M. Signed extension with Philadelphia 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $0.15M each for 30, 35, 40, 45 games finished. $0.2M for 50, 55 GF. $0.25M for 60, 65 GF.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2008). Re-signed by Philadelphia 1/17/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonus.
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2007). Re-signed by Philadelphia 1/07 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2006)
  • 1 year/$0.35M (2005)
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004)
  • 1 year (2003). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 11/02.
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 1998 (9-254) (Valley View HS, Moreno Valley, Calif.). $0.35M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.8 1.6 2.4 67 0 64.4 46 18 63 7 .243 1.00 2.91 3.11 11.1 1.2
80o 3.4 1.4 2.1 60 0 58.1 45 17 57 6 .257 1.08 3.27 3.5 7.6 0.8
70o 3.1 1.2 1.9 56 0 53.8 44 17 53 6 .268 1.14 3.54 3.79 5.4 0.6
60o 2.8 1.1 1.7 52 0 50.2 43 17 49 6 .277 1.19 3.77 4.04 3.7 0.4
50o 2.6 1 1.6 49 0 46.8 42 16 46 6 .285 1.24 3.99 4.28 2.2 0.2
40o 2.4 0.9 1.4 45 0 43.6 41 16 43 6 .293 1.29 4.22 4.52 1.0 0.1
30o 2.2 0.8 1.3 42 0 40.2 39 15 39 6 .302 1.35 4.46 4.78 -0.2 0.0
20o 1.9 0.6 1.1 38 0 36.3 37 14 36 5 .313 1.42 4.75 5.09 -1.4 -0.2
10o 1.6 0.5 0.9 32 0 31.1 34 13 30 5 .328 1.52 5.16 5.53 -2.6 -0.3
Weighted Mean2.611.548046.24116456.2831.233.964.242.40.3

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20203921147045391542647.2981.204.134.607.83.08.41.20.2
20214021145043381442647.3021.204.134.607.92.98.71.20.2
20224121143042371440547.2991.224.114.588.03.08.61.10.2
20234221141039351337547.2981.224.214.698.03.08.51.10.1
20244321134033291130447.3001.224.294.788.03.08.31.10.0
20254421134033301131447.3051.234.244.738.13.08.41.10.1
20264521135034311131447.3021.244.314.808.22.98.21.10.0
20274621135033301131447.3011.234.324.828.13.08.41.10.0
20284721134033301130447.3031.244.394.898.23.08.21.10.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Tim Worrell 2006 7.97
2 88 Matt Thornton 2015 2.61
3 87 Bobby Shantz 1964 3.26
4 85 Todd Jones 2006 4.36
5 85 John Franco 1999 3.10
6 85 Alan Embree 2008 5.40
7 84 Jay Howell 1994 6.07
8 84 Matt Belisle 2018 8.39
9 84 Kyle Farnsworth 2014 4.71
10 84 Rollie Fingers 1985 5.37
11 84 Bob Wickman 2007 4.29
12 83 Chris Hammond 2004 3.52
13 83 Al Worthington 1967 3.52
14 83 Stu Miller 1966 2.35
15 83 Troy Percival 2008 5.12
16 83 Hoyt Wilhelm 1961 2.87
17 83 Trevor Hoffman 2006 2.29
18 82 Paul Assenmacher 1999 8.73
19 82 Buddy Groom 2004 5.13
20 81 Tom Henke 1996 0.00 DNP
21 81 Brendan Donnelly 2010 6.16
22 81 Steve Reed 2003 3.41
23 81 LaTroy Hawkins 2011 2.79
24 80 Gene Garber 1986 2.65
25 80 Ron Reed 1981 3.82
26 79 Tom Gordon 2006 3.49
27 79 Trever Miller 2011 3.38
28 79 Ron Mahay 2009 5.01
29 79 Mike Remlinger 2004 3.93
30 78 Larry Andersen 1991 2.49
31 78 Scott Eyre 2010 0.00 DNP
32 78 Jason Grimsley 2006 4.88
33 78 Ryan Franklin 2011 8.78
34 78 David Weathers 2008 3.50
35 78 Doug Jones 1995 5.79
36 78 Francisco Cordero 2013 0.00 DNP
37 77 Chad Qualls 2017 5.94
38 77 Randy Choate 2014 4.50
39 76 J.J. Putz 2015 0.00 DNP
40 76 Mike Myers 2007 5.63
41 76 Mike Timlin 2004 4.13
42 76 Hector Carrasco 2008 0.00 DNP
43 76 Matt Herges 2008 5.60
44 75 Fernando Rodney 2015 5.17
45 74 Billy Taylor 2000 8.56
46 74 Scott Downs 2014 5.45
47 74 Grant Balfour 2016 0.00 DNP
48 74 Jose Valverde 2016 0.00 DNP
49 73 Joaquin Benoit 2016 3.19
50 73 Jim Brewer 1976 3.15
51 73 Tom Ferrick 1953 0.00 DNP
52 73 Tom Martin 2008 0.00 DNP
53 73 Neal Cotts 2018 0.00 DNP
54 73 Scott Atchison 2014 3.00
55 73 Joel Peralta 2014 4.41
56 72 Brian Shouse 2007 3.59
57 72 Guillermo Mota 2012 5.66
58 71 Jeff Nelson 2005 4.17
59 71 Tony Fossas 1996 3.83
60 71 Tug McGraw 1983 3.88
61 71 Jason Frasor 2016 0.00 DNP
62 71 Al Reyes 2009 0.00 DNP
63 71 Allie Reynolds 1955 0.00 DNP
64 70 Doug Brocail 2005 6.01
65 70 Ellis Kinder 1953 2.61
66 70 John Smoltz 2005 3.25
67 70 Rheal Cormier 2005 6.27
68 70 Hideki Okajima 2014 0.00 DNP
69 70 Javier Lopez 2016 4.05
70 69 Ron Villone 2008 4.86
71 69 Lindy McDaniel 1974 4.30
72 69 Roberto Hernandez 2003 5.55
73 69 Steve Hamilton 1973 0.00 DNP
74 69 Jamey Wright 2013 3.21
75 69 Rick White 2007 8.05
76 69 Rafael Betancourt 2013 4.71
77 69 Barney Schultz 1965 4.68
78 69 Darren Oliver 2009 2.71
79 69 Joe Borowski 2009 0.00 DNP
80 69 Billy Wagner 2010 1.82
81 68 Hisanori Takahashi 2013 6.00
82 68 Bob Gibson 1974 4.13
83 68 Bob Locker 1976 0.00 DNP
84 68 Dan Plesac 2000 4.73
85 67 Lee Smith 1996 3.90
86 67 Sal Maglie 1955 4.85
87 67 Bill Campbell 1987 10.80
88 67 Marv Grissom 1956 1.95
89 67 Waite Hoyt 1938 6.06
90 67 Bill Henry 1966 2.91
91 67 Steve Howe 1996 6.35
92 67 Kent Mercker 2006 4.76
93 67 Giovanni Carrara 2006 4.55
94 66 Joe Nathan 2013 1.39
95 66 Cal Eldred 2006 0.00 DNP
96 66 Roger Clemens 2001 3.84
97 66 Gaylord Perry 1977 4.08
98 66 Dennis Lamp 1991 5.38
99 66 Rudy May 1983 7.36
100 66 Andy Pettitte 2010 3.63

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Madson and Sean Doolittle came to Washington in the same midsummer trade, and the pair swiftly helped turn the bullpen around. It’s easy for Doolittle, who ended up taking over the closer’s spot, to get the bulk of the credit here—but Madson was way more than a footnote. After using the first half to bounce back from a somewhat lackluster 2016, he bounced even higher following the trade. Velocity issues had been primarily responsible for his struggles the season before, but he figured out a way to make things work in 2017 by relying on his sinker more than his four-seamer for the first time in a decade. Under contract for one more year, he should resume setup man responsibilities, a role he is familiar with and, frankly, has been overqualified for throughout his career.
2017 Madson has hardly been the picture of health, but he stabilized with the Royals during their 2015 run and made himself an enviable target for teams seeking bullpen depth the following year. The A's were first to the party, inking Madson to a three-year deal in hopes that the right-hander would return the above-average output he generated in Kansas City. The veteran reliever focused on refining his four-pitch arsenal, mixing in a curveball and bringing a little more heat off the mound, but velocity issues began to erode his stat line during the second half. Bouncing back will be no simple feat at age 36 and he’ll need more than a clean bill of health to retain his closer role.
2016 The former Philadelphia closer spent three years in the baseball wilderness struggling through intense pain, tortuous workouts and emotional weariness before chancing upon an obscure electro-stimulus device that he credits with reviving his career. Last year he surprisingly made the Kansas City roster out of spring training and rewarded his new employers with just the latest in a long line of quietly dominant bullpen campaigns. Madson used his mid-90s heat, cutter and baffling changeup to hold batters to a minuscule .208 TAv last season, better than Craig Kimbrel, Jeurys Familia and teammate Kelvin Herrera, and there's no reason to think he can't continue on as a dominant setup man. The A's gave him a three-year deal to test that conclusion.
2013 Talk about bad timing. Madson almost signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies in January before they went out and got Jonathan Papelbon. The Reds then inked Madson to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with a mutual option for 2013. He got hurt in spring training, had Tommy John surgery in April, and never pitched for his new team. The Angels signed him in November to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with performance and roster bonuses. He's a safe gamble for the Angels, who would like to have a famous closer but who don't strictly need one, thanks to the emergence of Frieri. When healthy, Madson is a near-elite reliever who showed the ability to close in 2011. Freakin' Papelbon.
2012 Last year was the year Madson finally learned to close. For years he bounced between the rotation and the bullpen. Then for more years he bounced between the set-up role and temporary stints in the closer role. Since finding his role as a reliever, he has been remarkably consistent. His changeup is one of the very best in the game, and he sets it up with a mid-90s fastball that has excellent late life. Its a superlative combination, and in 2010 Madson proved it was plenty to closejust in time to hit free agency. After narrowly missing on a deal to stay with the Phillies, Madson will head elsewhere and earn the first big payday of his career.
2011 In 2004, the team's inaugural season at CBP and his rookie year, Madson recorded a PhanaVision promo thanking the Phillies for building him a brand new ballpark. Since then, hes become a Broad Street panacea and is now one of the five or so best non-closing relievers in baseball. Last season was Madsons second year as the Phillies' best reliever, as well as the best of his career, and his changeup remains one of the best pitches in the game. Statistically, he has been at his best in high-leverage situations, but at the same time his split in save situations is decidedly worse than in non-save situations. However unlikely it seems, Madson might just be that rare beast: the natural set-up guy.
2010 Last year marked Madson's first full season working with the benefit of increased velocity, the result of mechanical adjustments he made during the 2008 season. As a result, he consistently reached 95 mph en route to becoming one of the elite relievers in baseball. As he grows accustomed to throwing harder, expect to see the appropriate adjustments in game-planning take form, resulting in even better numbers moving forward, and if the world is just and the Phillies sensible, more save opportunities as well.
2009 Madson made a nifty return from the '07 season spoiled slightly by his strained shoulder. In an interesting twist, he alternated with Romero in the set-up responsibilitieswhere Romero's role was defined by interesting collections of circumstances and his ability to work without rest days, Madson's role was to do the more classic, static work eighth-inning assignment, getting entire frames to himself from start to finish. With his shoulder back in working order and his last arbitration coming up, it'll be interesting to see if the Phillies make a multi-year commitment, or if his oft-stated desire to start will make this season his swan song with the club.
2008 One of the stranger stats of the year: lefty batters hit .170/.308/.284 off of Madson, in large part due to a unreal .206 BABIP. That helped him to something of a rebound year after his much-lobbied-for transfer to the starting rotation in 2006 was a miserable failure. It was all fun and games until Madson got hurt, landing on the DL in July with a shoulder strain and never coming back. The good luck against lefties won't hold up, even if Madson's arm does, but he should continue to be a serviceable, changeup-oriented middle reliever.
2007 Working as a reliever, Madson`s 2006 stats were pretty similar to his 2004 numbers; it was the time he spent starting that made his season look like a train wreck. Starting was what he wanted to do, and he won a rotation spot out of spring, lost it when Hamels came off the DL in May, and then regained it when Hamels went back on in June. Madson had ongoing problems with his curve last year, leaving him with just two pitches--an okay fastball and killer change. Only a few pitchers can go through a lineup more than once on only two pitches. Madson`s not one of them.
2006 Slated to be the No. 1 setup pitcher in 2006, Madson has also been considered for the rotation, and probably will be again if things go awry. The difference between his somewhat lucky 2004 and his slightly disappointing 2005 was that left-handed hitters figured out the tall righty, but he should be able to recover if he returns to throwing his fastball inside to lefties to set up his plus change outside. He also features an average curve with a slurvy break.
2005 Madson's season was not quite as good as it looks on the surfacenote the difference between his ERA and his PERA. Nevertheless, the guy can pitch, facing hitters with one nasty change-up after another, and it was surprising that he made just one start for the Phillies given their injury problems. He'll likely get that chance in the future as he bulks up and refines his breaking pitch, though one wonders whether his success in the bullpen will doom him to it.
2004 Madson was the model of consistency at Scranton last year: From May 7 until the end of the year, his ERA never left the threes. He's also been the model of development, improving his numbers every year but one since 1998. Madson came to Triple-A featuring a fastball/curve/changeup combination?the last is his best pitch?but the team had him junk the curve and develop a slider. After two big league innings at the end of '03, Madson should get another shot in '04, and projects as the first starter should an injury occur.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-07-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the return the A's got for Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle? Jesus Luzardo seems like a great addition, though, the history of TJ surgery is always troubling (and he's so young). While I'm not sure where Sheldon Neuse fits with Matt Chapman just breaking into the big leagues.
(Mark from Palo Alto)
luzardo is a pretty good selection, arm is as you said troubling. We will see how it holds up.
I don't know what Neuse really is, but if he is an average 3B defensively with pop and luzardo is healthy, it is a good haul for two relievers. (Javier Barragan)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)if your brian cashman what is your next move? trade OF prospect for Yu Darvish? trade Gardner to open up OF spot for Frazier or Fowler? etc.
(a.j. from las vegas)
I don't think they need to do anything, honestly. There isn't anything crazy unsustainable here (well, maybe Aaron Hicks, although I always believed in Aaron Hicks). Think you can shore up around the edges come July without going whole hog buy. Depending on Chapman's shoulder you may need to poke around for an Addison Reed or Nick Vincent or Ryan Madson, but those guys are always available. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)18 team mixed...i drafted 2 lemons at 3B (sandoval & chisenhall)..would you trade Madson to get Lamb? or stand pat and ride Lonnie the Loser?
(Frank from Brooklyn)
I think that's a fair deal. A lot depends on how you're set up for saves without Ryan Madson. (Mike Gianella)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can Ryan Madison close 35 or more games for A's. Do you think the wins and opportunities will be there. Will he lose opps to Doolittle?
(Cubbie Bear from CHI-TOWN)
He can, although I suspect that there's going to be a job split and unless Sean Doolittle gets hurt there's a ceiling on Ryan Madson of 25-30. Madson is also coming off of a season that was preceded by a long layoff due to health (or lack thereof) so the A's might not simply roll him out there given the investment. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Ryan Madson as a cheap flier in a keeper league? Lot of ifs. If he's healthy, if he gets in a situation to become closer (like returning to philly and waiting for Paplebon to be moved at the deadline.
(higgsboson from Guelph)
Eh. He could become the closer but then so could a lot of guys. I'd target healthy pitchers with skills who did the job last year as opposed to a total question mark. He's certainly fine at $1 if you have the space. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seems like there are a number of older "proven closers" on the free agent market with only a handful of opportunities out there- Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Joe Nathan, Fernando Rodney, Edward Mujica not to mention the injury reclamation projects like Brian Wilson, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan. With the success that the Cardinals had moving Edward Mujica back two innings and then doing the same with Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez in the playoffs, are the days of spending big on closers finally over? Does a team like the Cubs with no great in house solution and a smart front office take advantage of the oversaturated market or pass on all those guys?
(Scott from LA)
We'll continue to see a wide variety of approaches to how teams handle the late innings. On the one hand there is certainly something to the idea that there are people who can close and people who can't. But you'd be hard pressed to get a closer enough innings in a season to justify paying big for them (unless, like the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, etc. you simply have the money to spend). St. Louis has such a glut of arms they have no reason to go outside the org, but for many teams there simply aren't good reasons to limit a young, high ceiling arm to a closer role. I imagine the Cubs will look for a reasonably priced arm that they think can handle the job, rather than committing more money over multiple years. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think there is any connection with how many of this year's high profile TJ surgery class have had significant setbacks - Ryan Madson, Daniel Hudson, Cory Luebke, Scott Baker?
(Scott from LA)
Given that this spans four teams, I think it's coincidental. I could be swayed with some evidence, but I just haven't seen anything to suggest otherwise. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Does Ryan Madson come back this year and get the closing job?
(Joe from Seattle)
He had a setback today and won't resume throwing for another week and will see the Dr. I put the odds at him pitching in 2013 at 60%. (Jason Collette)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Closers are on the mind today. Thoughts on how the Jays' and Angels' closer situations play out?
(Carlester from Seaboard)
There was a story yesterday or the day before that Ryan Madson could miss the first week of the season, so Ernesto Frieri might get the ninth-inning job on Opening Day, but Madson (if healthy) should get the opportunities the rest of the way. In Toronto, given how well Casey Janssen performed last year - and his success against both righty and lefty batters -I'd consider him the favorite. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's up with Ryan Madson's elbow? Anything to worry about, or is this just common soreness/tenderness associated with loosening up for the season?
(Matt from Madison, WI)
Arm trouble is never a *good* thing for a pitcher, but this appears to be mild, it's the very start of camp, so definitely don't panic. He should be fine. (Derek Carty)
2011-11-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)I hear that odds are Pads won't re-sign Heath Bell, but who else is giving him offers? Also, if he leaves San Diego, would that hurt his fantasy value (worse ballpark) or help (better team)?
(Noah Braun from San Diego)
I haven't heard of any concrete offers yet, but the Red Sox sound like they're going to be in on the remaining top closers (Bell and Ryan Madson). The Jays have been linked, but it seems more likely they'll go for a cheaper option. Other teams without clear closers like the Reds and Dodgers could also get involved. The Padres might still be the favorite, though, especially if the Red Sox go a different direction (i.e. Madson, a cheaper option to compete with Bard, or a trade for someone like Joel Hanrahan).

It would likely hurt his value if he did leave, but the extent would depend on where he ends up. Being on a better team is more important for starting pitchers than relievers, since offense has a smaller impact on save chances than it does on a starter's wins. The defense will of course matter for his ratios, but as long as he's a closer, he'll be a good bet for 30-35 saves, as he would be in San Diego. It's also worth noting that Bell saw a big drop in K rate this year (20% compared to 29% in 2009-2010), and Pecto actually inflates Ks by 10 percent over a neutral park. That's going to be something we'll really need to keep an eye on next year, but it's not enough to make me shy away from him if I need a closer in my leagues and he's affordable. (Derek Carty)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)keeper league - is Ryan Madson a good bet to close next year? trying to decide if I should pull the trigger on a deal...
(Henry from Fairport)
The Phillies have a club option for $12.5M on Lidge--I find it hard to believe they'll pick it up, considering the money trouble they claimed to have run into this winter when it came to keeping Lee. Madson's the man if that's the case, but if Lidge keeps dealing, who knows? (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Heath Bell will be traded by _____. My two favorite 8th inning guys that will soon become closers are ______ and ____.
(Tad Lucky from Vegas)
July. Mike Adams or Luke Gregerson, maybe? I thought Ryan Madson would be one of the answers to that question, but now he's out for 8 weeks thanks to a temper tantrum. Poor form, Mr. Madson. Someone should have tazed him before he made contact with that chair. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveRyan Madson remembered that he had a changeup, and we're heading to New York. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveRyan Madson on and gives off a leadoff double. We almost have a ballgame here. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveHow many Yankees relievers are better than Ryan Madson? Four? Five? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs RoundtableDid Brad Lidge steal Ryan Madson's jersey? (William Burke)
 

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