Ryan Madson made a name for himself as a set-up man and then as a closer for the Philadelphia Phillies. When last he pitched in the big leagues it was for the Phillies. In 2011 he put up a stingy 2.37 ERA and saved 32 games for the club that drafted him all the way back in 1998.
Madson left town for a pay raise and the opportunity to close for the Cincinnati Reds. Tommy John surgery derailed that season and his tenure there. The next season (2013) the Los Angeles Angels signed Madson to help their bullpen. Unfortunately, continued complications with his health meant that he also never threw a pitch for them. Now Madson is attempting another comeback, and his original team (for whom he threw his last Major League pitch) might be interested in bringing him back.
Yes, sources tell me they do. In fact, I hear that Madson has some interest in rejoining the Phillies, as well. Obviously, he has missed the last two seasons with elbow problems, but at 33 he might be an excellent low-risk, potential high-reward signing…We hear Madson will audition for clubs early in the New Year and the Phillies will surely keep tabs on him. He’d probably have to take a minor-league deal and prove himself, but a Philadelphia reunion might serve him and the team well.
That is consistent with a CBS report from December 18th that Madson was holding one-on-one tryouts for teams. Given the wealth of bullpen arms still available (Grant Balfour, Fernando Rodney, Jesse Crain), it might suit Madson to wait until those guys land and then become a low-risk flier for teams still in need of help.