As the Phillies continue to shop closer Jonathan Papelbon this offseason, they may be interested in bringing back his predecessor.
CSNphilly.com's Jim Salisbury says the Phillies and former closer Ryan Madson have mutual interest in reuniting, even with the right-hander having missed two consecutive seasons. Madson last appeared in the majors with Philly in 2011, but since has been sidelined with significant elbow injuries.
Madson signed with the Reds before 2012 for a $6 million deal and never played a big league game, and suffered the same fate on a one-year contract with the Angels last season. He will likely have to settle for a minor league contract if he hopes to return, given his recent injury history.
Salisbury says Madson could compete for a bullpen job in spring training. Before he left the Phillies, Madson was a very good reliever. He saved 32 games in 2011 and held a 2.37 ERA through 62 appearances. The year before he posted a 2.55 ERA in 55 games.
The Phillies' bullpen could use some help after an unfortunate showing in 2013. They ranked 27th with an ERA of 4.19 from their relief pitchers.