Angels release injured reliever Ryan Madson

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Ryan Madson’s tenure with the Angels is officially over. According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the team announced this evening that the injured reliever has been released.

After missing the entire 2012 season following Tommy John surgery, Madson signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Angels last November. The plan called for him to serve as the team’s closer this season, but numerous setbacks with his surgically-repaired elbow prevented him from ever pitching for the club. The closest he got was a single minor league rehab appearance back on May 13.

Gonzalez reported at the end of July that Madson’s rehab had “plateaued again,” so it’s highly unlikely we’ll hear from him again this season. The 32-year-old hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since the NLDS in 2011, so he’s not going to have another multi-million dollar contract waiting for him this winter.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.