The December 29th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels look like favorites to land Madson, words of warning about the Pujols contract, former Angel Napoli getting sued and much more...
The Monkey Says: First off, the Athletics have now officially raised the white flag on the season already. They and the Mariners are going to be just awful this season, so it really should be a two-team race in the AL West, possibly even for the next few years if the Mariners don't figure themselves out. Lord knows the Astros are a long way from being decent. As for Madson, the Red Sox seemed like the only team out there with money and the need for a closer, so Madson doesn't really have any logical landing spots. The closest there might be the Angels who are known to be looking for a closer-type. I just don't know if they want to spend that kind of money, at least long-term. I'd say that the Halos should offer him a like $12 million for a one-year deal and let him test free agency again next winter, but with him being represented by Scott Boras, I don't know if that is something he'd really consider. If not, I personally would not be a big fan of giving a reliever, no matter how good, tens of million of dollar in a over three or four years.
The Monkey Says: Oh, we're back to harping on this again? Fair enough. I've said it before and I will say it again, I think the Angels are well aware that the final few years of the Pujols deal will be bad for the club, but they committed to it because it was the price of getting Albert now and reaping the short-term benefits. It is also a step they felt they had to take to prove that they are willing to do what it takes to win and make themselves into an elite franchise than can acquire elite players.
The Monkey Says: Ha! See, I knew the Angels were right to trade him. What a bum.
The Monkey Says: Great article with the exception of the bizarre lack of any reference to Vernon Wells.
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I'd have to say that I would love for us to get Ryan Madson, even if we have to give him a 3 year deal. With the Red Sox acquiring Bailey yesterday, I'd have to think we are the front-runners for him. I can see something like a 3 year, $27-30 million deal. Boras is probably negotiating for an easily obtainable vesting option for a 4th year. I'm probably putting the cart before the horse but having a shutdown closer in the postseason (where the most important players seem to be the #1 starter and closer) is invaluable, perhaps even necessary. I'm a bit nervous about relying on a bullpen of guys in their mid-to-late 30s (Downs, Hawkins, Takahashi) and a kid closer with command issues. And heck, we've spent this much, why not spend a bit more to get a closer who can be a difference maker in the post season?
If Vince Gennaro says the Pujols deal was a good one, then I believe it. I read his book "Diamond Dollars" about the economics of baseball some years ago, and it was a very interesting read. I would trust his judgment about whether the Pujols contract is a good one over that of, say, Mitch Williams.
I agree completely with Mr. The Monkey on the Madsen thing but I believe I'd lower that one-year offer a little. OK, a lot. He's really a luxury at this point. With this new, more complete set of starters I'd think the bullpen is going to start the season way ahead of this past season. Immediate overwork set the negative tone for the season and I already see Hawkins being a big help for Walden in the mental aspect of the game. Since Fraudney *has* no mental aspect he was no help at all. Look into his eyes; nothing there, right?
I meant to mention this when I saw it but at some point in the last two weeks EVERY announcer and guest on the MLB Channel has just had to talk about Albert's contract. It's a DNA thing, I think. Anyway: negative, negative, slightly positive. Until the president of SABR, Vince Gennaro, came on and stated in pretty uncertain terms that he felt the contract would work out for the Angels. I realize that no one can foresee the future but these SABR guys really don't tend toward optimism. Will it be wonderful for ten full years? Pull the other. But we'll probably see Albert as a great player for a heck of a long time before we start to pity him. Like we do Bobby Abreu right now and Torii Hunter if he tries to go on to '13.