Dipoto: Angels “very unlikely” to sign Madson

Contrary to swirling Internet rumors — and essentially a process of elimination — the Angels are “very, very unlikely” to sign free-agent closer Ryan Madson, general manager Jerry Dipoto told The Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

Dipoto’s statements are consistent with those he made from the Winter Meetings in early December, when he said he was looking for someone to “complement [current closer] Jordan Walden, not replace” him. But Madson’s market has dried up considerably as teams have used a deep talent pool of closers to fill their ninth-inning needs, and it took a major hit when the Red Sox traded with the Athletics for Andrew Bailey.

Madson’s present scenario, his Orange County, Calif., roots and the Angels’ bullpen struggles last season seemingly made the two a fit. But the Angels have already spent nearly $330 million on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson this offseason. And now, Dipoto has basically shot down his team’s chances of adding a proven closer like Madson.

“We’re trying to add depth, and in a perfect world, we’d like to find another guy to join Jordan Walden, Scott Downs and [offseason addition] LaTroy Hawkins to help with those last nine outs,” Dipoto told the LA Times. “But closer has never been the real priority.”

You probably shouldn’t completely rule it out just yet, though. Madson’s agent, Scott Boras, can be real creative and Dipoto has already displayed an element of surprise. If Madson is willing to take less money, and perhaps even sign a backloaded deal — like Pujols and Wilson did — maybe, just maybe there’s still a glimmer of hope.

As we’re experiencing with the Nationals and those links to Prince Fielder that don’t seem to go away, there are very few certainties in the free-agent market.

– Alden Gonzalez

4 Comments

Madson would make a nice fit if the money/backloading can be arranged.

Jerry DiPoto is doing his job in a huge way. If the Angels win the SB this years he certainly will be in demand si I hope we have him locked up for a long time.

Poor Alden, you still don’t understand the Angels or Jerry Dipoto do you. Jerry has just confirmed the Angels WILL be going after Madson by next week because: 1) The Angels still have the most money of the teams that are left in the Madson race;
and 2) of course he’s saying there is little interest, its called strategy, the exact same strategy and almost the exact same words he used to deny interest in Albert Pujols…just days before signing Pujols.

If I were MR.D.I would cry poor too,after all we have spent a lot of $.In reality,however, the Angels plan to go WS.Knowing that I might consider MR.Madson if the price was right.And if I was MR. M Iwould want to consider what the Angels have to offer.The time is short;ST starts in 5 weeks.Let’s play some baseball !

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