The Kansas City Royals have signed reliever Ryan Madson to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training, the team announced. He will compete for a spot in the Royals bullpen.
Madson, 34, hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2011 due to elbow issues. Over parts of nine seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies he has a 47-30 career record with a 3.59 ERA in 630 innings. He also has 52 saves in his career.
Madson has been the setup man for closers including, Billy Wagner, Tom Gordon, Brett Meyers and Brad Lidge. He succeeded Lidge as closer in 2011, where he saved 32 games. After the 2011 season, Madson and the Phillies reportedly had a four-year $44 million deal in place but it fell through
After not re-signing with the Phillies after the 2011 season, Madson signed a one-year $8.5 million contract. He underwent Tommy John surgery in spring training and missed the entire 2012 season. He signed a one year deal with the Los Angeles Angels in 2013 but began the season on the disabled list and was released in August without appearing in a game. He sat out the entire 2014 season.