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Ryan Madson
Birthdate: 8/28/1980 (36 y, 6 m, 23 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-6/200     Position: P
Drafted: 1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 1, Overall: 254, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Contract: $22M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Madson's recent arm soreness was attributed to his efforts to add a splitter to his pitch arsenal, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. (3/7/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: After health issues kept Madson out of the major leagues for three years, he made a major comeback by posting a 2.13 ERA in 68 games for the Royals in 2015. The veteran reliever rode that success into a contract with the A’s, and he immediately contributed by taking over the closer’s role from Sean Doolittle and racking up 30 saves last season. Madson may have locked things down in the ninth inning, but his rate stats were a bit concerning; his 3.62 ERA and 1.28 WHIP were not sparkling, and a 18% strikeout rate with a 7% walk rate led to a 4.06 FIP. The right-hander did not show significant splits -- in fact, he had better control numbers against lefties -- but his .623 OPS allowed at home vs. a .776 mark on the road suggests he got some help from the spacious coliseum. Looking ahead, the 36-year-old is expected to enter next year as Oakland’s closer, but a combination of his advanced age, concerning metrics, and a still-efficient Doolittle waiting in the wings means the leash for Madson may be short. With that in mind, fantasy owners will want to keep him out of their top tiers in terms of closer options. (Dylan Higgins)

The Quick Opinion: Madson took the next step in his career revival by taking over the closer’s role in Oakland and notching 30 saves in 2016. His underlying metrics were not that encouraging, however, and his appropriately short leash means fantasy owners may want to be wary of putting too much confidence in the 36-year-old next year.

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