There is not a ton of new information on the Madson deal since late last night, other than that ESPN.com is reporting that it’s an $8.5 million contract. Either $10 million, or less, it’s a great deal for the Reds. I will keep trying to pin down the number if I was wrong last night.
*Even though they are paying more than they would have likely paid Cordero over one year, they get an upgrade at closer, and a younger pitcher.
*Madson is taking a hit, way down from the four-year deal he seemed poised to sign with the Phillies before the offer was pulled early in the off-season. But he positions himself to re-enter the free agent market next winter. Don’t look for an early extension with the Reds during the season, not with S. Boras driving the negotiating bus for this player.
*Seems funny now how many people complained about the lack of Reds activity during the GM meetings and winter meetings. I often had to remind folks it is a long off-season. Now the Reds are being lauded by some as having the best off-season of all clubs — even the spendy Marlins. With Latos, Marshall and now Madson on board, it’s hard to argue.
*Still nothing coming out of Great American Ball Park yet. There is a 5 p.m. press conference there for Barry Larkin today though and will keep an eye out for the GM to see if he’s willing to discuss the Madson deal. I suppose he has to take a physical in the next day or two.
How do these bullpen choices look to you?
LH Setup: Marshall
RH setup: Masset
LH setup: Bray
How about the rotation options?
*The Reds still have a hole in the LF/fourth outfielder role. Whoever it is, I don’t imagine it will be an expensive signing.
*Who’s the favorite of the NL Central as of now — Reds, Cardinals or Brewers?