There have been surprisingly few teams linked to Ryan Madson since his reported four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies fell through.
That led to some speculation that the Angels might make a run at him, but general manager Jerry Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that signing Madson is “very, very unlikely.”
Dipoto added that “what I’ll say with some degree of certainty is that our most significant acquisitions have already been made” and “closer has never been the real priority” because they’re comfortable with Jordan Walden in the role.
Walden blew a league-high 10 saves as a rookie, but also threw 60 innings with a 2.98 ERA, 67/26 K/BB ratio, and .223 opponents’ batting average. Right now he’s slated for ninth-inning duties, with Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins setting him up.
And Madson’s search for a contract anywhere near his almost-deal with the Phillies continues.
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.