The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have a new reliever in Ryan Madson.
The aforementioned salary is his base pay, which is less than half of what he was guaranteed when he signed with the Cincinnati Reds a year ago.
He can add as much as $2.5 million to that sum depending upon whether or not he reaches certain thresholds during the season; he can earn another $1 million based on how many games he finishes.
Madson said Wednesday: “I’m optimistic to start the season. To have a guy in my corner like Dr. (Lewis) Yocum, that gives me confidence I’ll be ready to start the season and hit it full force.”
The 32-year-old Long Beach native, nicknamed “Mad Dog”, underwent Tommy John surgery this April. A typical rehabilitation period is one year, but Madson seems confident that the team’s physician, Yocum, will have him in fighting form for the 2013 opener at Cincinnati.