Madson on missed time with Reds
As expected and on the day the Reds signed Jonathan Broxton, closer Ryan Madson and the Angels formally signed a one-year incentive-laden contract Wednesday worth a base salary of $3.5 million . My colleague Alden Gonzalez has the details, click here.
The fact that Madson could not fullfill his one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Reds has seemingly once again been a hot button issue on this blog. Folks, that’s baseball and that’s business. Contracts are guaranteed in this game and that’s just the way it is. The Reds, at the time, got a bargain when they signed Madson who slipped through the cracks after a proposed mega-deal with the Phillies collapsed. There are no “givebacks” because he got hurt. That’s not how it works. Everyone had their eyes wide open when entering into this contract. This isn’t the NFL and it really is time to get over it and move on.
Anyway, here is what Madson had to say today about his lost 2012 season and looking ahead to 2013:
“If you know anything about me, you know that I’m a pleaser. I want to please to whatever I need to, in any fashion I can. For me, it’s the baseball field, and I wasn’t able to do that for the Reds. They gave me a great opportunity, just like the Angels have this year, and it just didn’t work out. I was emotional, and I wasn’t even connected with the team yet, it was in Spring Training. It was one of those things where I felt my dedication to the team already and I wasn’t able to act on it. But this year, I’m doing everything I can to not let that happen again. It’s just all about the opportunity now. I don’t really look back on it for anything. I just now look back on it like it was an extended offseason and just put it behind me. That’s how you move forward.”