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MLB Free Agency: Ryan Madson schedules public workout

The trend this off-season is for Major League teams to find saves on the cheap. The Tampa Bay Rays signed Grant Balfour to a reasonable two year, $12 million deal. The Cleveland Indians signed John Axford for ridiculously cheap. The Colorado Rockies added veteran LaTroy Hawkins. Fernando Rodney, still on the market, will likely have to settle for a similar deal with the Seattle Mariners or whichever team lands him.

For a point of reference, Joe Smith and Boone Logan, left-handed specialists, both signed richer deals this off-season. If you’re a closer, this is not going to be the year that you get paid the big bucks.

For teams who want to really pursue the “buy low” route, there is another option in Ryan Madson, who has been out of baseball for the last two years because of injuries. Jerry Crasnick reports that Madson is starting to generate more interest from clubs and has scheduled workouts for them:

In 2011 Madson was filthy good, putting up a 9.2 K/9 mark and a 2.25 FIP. How much he will look like that pitcher in 2014 remains to be seen. He has reportedly drawn interest this off-season from the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals.

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