ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels and Ryan Madson have come to terms on a one-year contract. This comes just two days after our own Justin Millar examined Madson as a potential fit for the Halos’ bullpen.
Madson, who turned 32 back in August, missed all of the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. This is exactly what the Angels ought to be doing: supplementing the players that are signed long-term with short-term, low-risk, and high-reward options.
The SoCal native was very effective in 2010 and 2011, thanks in particular to his ability to keep the ball on the ground. His ground ball rate hovers around 50 percent, and he doesn’t allow a ton of line drives (17.5 LD rate in 2011, 12.8 LD rate in 2010). Madson uses a mid-90s fastball to set up a mid-80s changeup that misses plenty of bats.
He might not be 100 percent on Opening Day, but he provides depth to the back of a bullpen that desperately needed help in 2012.