It’s no secret the Dodgers need bullpen help. So today the Dodgers have reportedly acquired veteran reliever Ryan Madson. The 38-year old right hander was placed on revocable trade waivers by the Washington Nationals 48 hours ago. The Dodgers will be sending minor leaguer Andrew Istler to the Nationals to complete the deal. In order to clear roster space, the Dodgers have designated southpaw Adam Liberatore for assignment. It’s unclear if Madson will help the Dodger’s relief corp. It’s also doubtful that Madsen will help the Dodger’s odds of reaching the World Series increase. According to the online baseball betting experts, they still have a good chance.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2018
Madson has been one of the most reliable late inning relievers in the game over the last decade. However he’s had a rough year with the Nationals. The Long Beach native has a 5.28 ERA in 49 appearances in Washington this season. He’s posted an 8.3 K/9 rate while walking 3.0 batters per nine across 44.1 innings pitched. Madson has walked 15 and struck out 41 while allowing 9.7 hits per nine and posting a 4.35 FIP.
The tall right hander has been battling a nerve injury in his back this season which might explain the declining numbers. Last season he posted a 1.83 ERA over 59 innings split between the Nationals and Oakland A’s. In 2016 he recorded 30 saves, and in his final season in Philadelphia he recorded 32 saves. Madson has tallied 91 big league saves over his 13 major league seasons.
Overall Madson has posted a 3.45 ERA and notched 745 major league appearances. That also includes a lengthy postseason track record as well. The Dodgers will be picking up the remainder of Madson’s 1.24 million dollar salary. He’s a free agent at the end of the season, so it’s unlikely we’ll see him back in Dodger blue in 2019. While Madson is old, and nearing the end of his career, I think it’s a good idea for the Dodgers to bring in a fresh arm. Reports also indicate that Madson is still averaging 95 MPH on his fastball throughout this season.