Athletics sign reliever Ryan Madson to three-year deal

The Oakland Athletics signed reliever Ryan Madson. He has agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal.

The 35-year-old comes to the Athletes after being on the Kansas City Royals World Series Championship team this past season. During his one-year deal with the Royals, he went 1-2 with a 2.13 ERA in 63 1/3 innings in 68 games.

With the Royals, he also had three saves and 12 games finishes with 58 strikeouts to 14 walks.

Last season was his first Major League season since the 2011 season with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 10-year MLB veteran spent his first nine-years with the Phillies.

During his Phillies career, he went 47-30 as a starter and reliever with a 3.59 ERA in 491 games over 630 innings.

He had 18 starts, his last being in 2006, before turning into a reliever. He also had a 150 games finished with the Phillies.

His 162 game average, according to Baseball Reference, over his career is 6-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 82 innings.

Baseball Reference is also projecting that he’ll go 2-3 with a 3.32 ERA over 57 innings. They also project that he’ll have a 1.175 WHIP and with 49 strikeouts and 16 walks.

This will likely be the final contract of his career as he’s 35-years-old and in the downside of his career.

Madson was a key component to the Royals bullpen, as they won their first World Series in three decades. When Greg Holland was lost for the season, the Royals had to change their bullpen and players were bumped up in the bullpen rotation.

Wade Davis was named the team’s new closer, then Kelvin Herrera became the team’s set-up man. Then, Madson moved into the seventh inning guy for manager Ned Yost.

Madson, who missed the four-years because of injuries, was stellar in that role.

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