Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Chachi Transactions #7 Ryan Madson

I'm tired of waiting for the official announcement that Ryan Madson is the newest member of the Cincinnati Reds, so I'm posting this card prematurely.  (Wednesday seems to be as good a day as any for a physical.)  Frankly, I think Madson's agent, Scott Boras, did his client a huge disservice by declining the Phillies offer of arbitration and holding out for a multi-year mega-contract.  Madson would have easily earned more with the Phillies in 2012 then he's set to reportedly earn with the Reds.

On a more personal note, I'm actually sad to see Madson leave the franchise.  He's home grown and he was one of the longest tenured members of the team.  He made his Phillies debut way back on September 27, 2003, when the Phils were still playing at The Vet.  He won a ring with the team in 2008, and he was a huge part of that championship season.  Despite who he chose as his agent, I hope Madson receives a warm welcome when his Reds visit Philly in August.

Moving On
Dane Sardinha (10-11) 10/10/11 - Filed for free agency
Brandon Moss (11) 10/17/11 - Outrighted to Lehigh Valley and filed for free agency (Signed a minor league contract with the Oakland A's)
Brad Lidge (08-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Roy Oswalt (10-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Ross Gload (10-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Raul Ibanez (09-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Ryan Madson (03-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency (Signed with the Cincinnati Reds)
Juan Perez (11) 11/2/11 - Became a minor league free agent (Signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers)
Scott Mathieson (06, 10-11) 11/29/11 - Released (Signed with the Yomiuri Giants)
Ben Francisco (09-11) 12/12/11 - Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Frank Gailey
John Bowker (11) 1/10/12 - Released

Coming Back
Pete Orr (11) 11/3/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent with an invitation to Spring Training
Brian Schneider (10- ) 11/17/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies to a one-year contract
Jimmy Rollins (00- ) 12/19/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies to a three-year contract with a vesting fourth year

New Additions
Jim Thome (03-05) 11/5/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cleveland Indians
Jonathan Papelbon 11/14/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox
Ty Wigginton 11/20/11 - Acquired with cash from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash
Laynce Nix 12/8/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals
Dontrelle Willis 12/15/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cincinnati Reds


Jim from Downingtown said...


I just watched the 2003 Veterans Stadium closing ceremonies last night, which included a very young Ryan Madson and Jimmy Rollins.

It was also great to see Tug and the Pope too.

Jim said...

The closing ceremonies at The Vet were simply phenomenal. I was there with my Dad, my wife and my sister. I remember getting chills at least five or six different times throughout the whole thing.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Was Tug McGraw's appearance a surprise to the fans?

I taped the show when it was on in 2003. Last night, Comcast (ex-CN8 channel) replayed it but I only caught the last 5 minutes of it, so I found my tape and watched the whole thing again!

Jim said...

It wasn't a surprise but it was still pretty moving since he was sick at the time.