Injuries have kept the once dominant reliever from appearing in either of the last two seasons, but Madson still wants to continue his career, and will throw for scouts in Arizona today.
General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said today that the Phillies will have someone there to watch Madson throw. The team has reportedly been keeping an eye on their old set-up man, and would be interested in reuniting with Madson.
As much as I loved Madson during his time with the Phillies, I wouldn’t expect much from him if the Phillies do indeed sign him at some point.
The Phillies ran him into the ground during their playoff runs from 2008 through 2011, and he’s now 33 years old and has battled elbow problems over the last two years. Sad to say, but Madson’s best baseball in long behind him and he’s nothing more than a familiar name at this point.
But that likely won’t stop Ruben Amaro, who seems to covet signing broken down former Phillies who are in the twilight of their careers. He’s tried bringing back Jim Thome, Chad Durbin, Marlon Byrd, and Bobby Abreu over the last three years, and he keeps extending his aging stars (Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz), so pursuing a guy who used to be good (if not great) three years ago who is now on the wrong side of 30 and hasn’t played in two years after battling serious injury concerns seems like a move that is right up Amaro’s alley.