Madson is confident he can be ready by Opening Day, and he believes he'll finish a lot of games for the Angels. Well ahead of schedule in his recovery, Madson said he expects to be the Angels' closer. The Angels' bullpen blew 22 saves, tied with Boston for most in the league. Ryan Madson agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Angels, who believe the right-handed reliever will make a strong comeback from Tommy John surgery. "I was a little concerned with letting Jerry [Dipoto] know about wanting to play for Anaheim," Madson said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, shortly after the Angels' general manager signed the potential closer to a one-year, incentive-laden contract. Madson attended games at Angel Stadium as a kid, met Troy Percival, looked up to Wally Joyner "In my dream," he said, "I was a first baseman, but I threw too hard" and envisioned a time when he'd actually get to play for them. With the usually eventful Winter Meetings now days away, taking place Monday through Thursday in Nashville, Tenn., here's a look at where the Angels stand in their offseason quest to improve the pitching staff. He signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati in January and came to spring training as the Reds' projected closer but suffered an elbow injury in late March and missed the entire season with Tommy John surgery.
The Angels made a crucial move to fortify their bullpen on Wednesday, signing Ryan Madson to a $3.5 million, incentive-laden contract and thus proving they aren't going to be completely hampered by Zack Greinke's lingering free agency.