Royals sign Ryan Madson to minor league contract

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Royals have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent reliever Ryan Madson. The deal comes with an invitation to major league spring training, where the veteran right-hander will try to beat the odds and claim a spot in Kansas City’s Opening Day bullpen.

Madson hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 due to elbow issues. He needed Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2012, after signing a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Reds, and then experienced more arm issues in 2013 after inking a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Angels. He sat out the entire 2014 season.

Madson, now 34 years old, registered an excellent 2.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 126/29 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings for the Phillies between 2010-2011. He saved 32 games as Philly’s closer during the 2011 season.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”