Report: Dodgers interested in Ryan Madson

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to add to their bullpen and one name that has come up in recent rumors is Cincinnati Reds star closer Aroldis Chapman. However, Chapman isn’t the only reliever the team is looking at, as expected.

Jon Heyman of reports that the Dodgers have contacted free agent right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson.

The Dodgers likely would have Madson go into the eighth inning role to set up stud closer Kenley Jansen. In addition to Chapman, the team has been connected to Darren O’Day, but Madson would be the much cheaper option.

As notes, with the free agent market for relievers being so weak, it’s possible Madson is able to land a multi-year deal.

Madson, 35, has pitched in the big leagues for ten seasons, but 2015 was his first time pitching since 2011 and he ended up thriving with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals. In 68 appearances, he went 1-2 with a 2.13 ERA and a 58/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Madson obviously comes with injury concerns given his past, but when he has managed to stay healthy, he has been a very effective reliever. There is some risk involved, but if a team can sign him for somewhat cheap, it could turn out to be a steal.

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