Angels, Madson set the market for Soria


The Angels have signed Ryan Madson to a one-year contract according to multiple reports, and the deal will pay the right-hander a $3.5M base salary. He can earn another $2.5M in roster bonuses (based on days on the active roster) and $1M in incentives (bases on games finished).

The 32-year-old Madson was one of two formerly-elite relievers recovering from Tommy John surgery on the free agent market this winter, joining Joakim Soria. Soria, 28, has indicated a willingness to setup for the Yankees just so he could be around his idol Mariano Rivera, and now we have an idea of what it would take to sign him. Soria is several years younger than Madson with a much longer track record in the closer’s role (saves pay) though, but he’s also coming off his second Tommy John surgery. It would be a pretty big coup if the Yankees could add him to their bullpen with a similarly structured contract, say a one-year deal worth $5M with another $3M in bonuses.

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  1. Dropped Third says:

    You know you’re old when you’re a 28 year old’s idol…

  2. Gonzo says:

    I would have taken Madson on that deal, but I’m sure he wants a chance to close.

  3. Laz says:

    Lets hope the yankees are in on this. Could be a terrific deal for them.

    • Cris Pengiucci says:

      He’d be a nice piece. It would also allow him to show what he’s got for next year & beyond, while allowing the Yankees to evaluate what they have as well.

  4. Blake says:

    Sign Soria….use the whole set up for Mariano with a chance to take over later angle

  5. Naved says:

    Cashman get it done!

  6. Rey22 says:

    Would absolutely sign Soria to a deal similar to this, even a bit more. Some sort of option while promising him the closer role next year would be fantastic as well.

  7. Andy Pettitte's Fibula says:

    The one year deal is the key with the 2014 budget looming. I’d sign up for 1/$5 with incentives in a heartbeat.

  8. Will says:

    I’d give him a one year $7-8MM deal with incentives with two options. He has a better track record than Madson and was a closer for his entire career where as Madson took over for an ineffective Brad Lidge.

  9. Knoxvillain says:

    I’m creaming my pants over the thought of Soria.

  10. Slu says:

    I’d pass. He will probably be wild for while after the second TJ. I’d look elsewhere. And with Mo coming back to replace Soriano, they still have a pretty solid bullpen right now. Put that money into RF somehow.

    • Logan says:

      So I suppose you’re happy with the likes of Cody Eppley in our BP?

      They need to reload on relief arms… Brian Wilson is another name I’d want Cash to look into

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Your best bullpens are going to have a few non-household names on them. Eppley did what was asked of him last year.

        Wilson’s “cardiac kid” act would go over just swimmingly with this crowd.

        Yes to Soria, obviously, Eppley comment notwithstanding.

  11. Rich in NJ says:

    If that (or close to it) is the price and the team’s doctors think he can be ready before June 1st, it’s worth a shot.

  12. tipsie says:

    Very happy to see a reasonable contract for one of the few times this off-season. Broxton 3 for $21M? League 3 for $22M? Some of this stuff has been a joke so far.

  13. Knoxvillain says:

    Off topic, but the MLBPA values Longoria’s extension at 10 years and 131 million.

    Holy shit.

    • Dropped Third says:

      half the $ as arod’s contract, double the production of arod

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Longoria couldn’t carry A-Rod’s jock when he was his age.

        • vicki says:

          take it easy.

          don’t tell anyone under the age of 30 but alex rodriguez is one of the greatest to ever play the game. fact.

          having said that, david wright doesn’t need to try to carry longoria’s jock. for example.

        • MannyGeee - $189M ain't gonna cut it says:

          THIS +300,000,000.

          Also, A-Rod was playing 161 games a season at 27, 162 at ages 25 & 26… Not so much for Longoria.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        I don’t think he has matched A-Rod’s numbers at that age let alone doubled it. Longoria is a good player, but his best season will never be as good as A-Rod’s career average.

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        Longoria’s best season from ages 22-26 was only slightly better than A-Rod’s worst season from age 22-26. And A-Rod was doing it as a shortstop.

        • YanksFanInBeantown says:

          To be fair, his career wOBA is a little higher than A-Rod’s at age 21.

          Longoria was in college at that age.

    • Rich in NJ says:

      If austerity is really going to be part of the way the Yankees do business (and perhaps even if it isn’t), the Yankees need to find a way to get players to sign more cost-effective contracts. It doesn’t have to be to the extent TB is able to pull it off in order for it to have very significant positive effects on their ability to assemble very good teams.

  14. pistol pete says:

    Wouldn’t pay Soria a lot of money, don’t like relievers with a history of arm trouble. Many teams have improved bullpens from within with young live arms. Having Mo return from injury at 43 is risk enough. Robertson proves you don’t need to pay a ton to improve a bullpen. Everyday players are a lot harder to find. Fix right field and catcher first.

  15. Drew says:

    I think at this point and given his age and past performance I would be okay with a two year deal $11 million with performance esclators.

  16. Steve S says:

    Whatever they do they should try to have a 1-year team option.

    • Rich in NJ says:

      I agree. Given the issues with the 2014 payroll, two guaranteed years should be a dealbreaker, and getting a potential backup plan at closer, if Mo retires, while being rewarded for taking a chance on him, makes sense as well.

    • MannyGeee - $189M ain't gonna cut it says:

      I would give him 2 team options, at least, if he’d go for it-escalator style.

      2013 – 5M, with incentives
      2014 – 8M Team Option
      2015 – 12M Team Option

      • Captain says:

        yea I would like to see something like that, preferably just one option though. would be a great arm to possibly have in the post-Mo era.

  17. RetroRob says:

    Madson is expected to close for the Angels and be available most of the season. Soria is supposedly out the first two months. Unless the Yankees have an option on him for 2014, I don’t see why they’d pay him millions to basically be what Joba was in 2012. What am I missing?

  18. vicki says:

    snap out of it, yall.

  19. TopChuckie says:

    Can we stop with all the clamoring for only one year deals for every player they sign because of the 2014 budget? They still have to field a team next year. If every player they bring in is gone next year, then they have to sign more players next year, either on one year or multiple year contracts and most likely prices will be higher next year. One year contracts normally carry a larger per year price tag than two or more years.

    What they really ought to be doing is signing everyone to two year contracts because a two year contract should represent a slightly lower AAS and they would have a better handle on the 2014 total salary. Then those contracts would come off the books after 2014, the system will be reset, and they can start spending crazy again, which they better be willing to do. They have more leverage signing players to two year contracts now, than they will have singing players to one year contracts again next year.

    By signing only one year contracts now, they are pretty much insuring an awful 2014 season because they won’t be able to sign anyone of quality next off season.

  20. Thunder Road Runner says:

    Would love Soria on a 1 year deal.

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