The Oakland Athletics have signed veteran right-hander Ryan Madson to a three-year deal, as according to a report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Sunday morning.
It is said that Madson's contract with the club will earn him a salary of $22 million. At the time, the transaction is currently pending a physical.
Madson, 35, enjoyed a rather productive postseason with the Kansas City Royals as he was acquired within days before the conclusion of the regular season in which the team was guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.
This would mark the first time in which he has appeared in a game at the major league level as he dealt with the same injuries in both the 2012 season alongside 2014.
Madson, 35, is coming off a 2015 season in which he got the opportunity to re-bound in which he most certainly did, having pitched with an ERA of 2.13 in 63 1/3 innings with the Royals while having made a total of 68 outings where he saw time both in the setup role and closers role at times.
Having spent his entire career with the Philadelphia Phillies, this year marked a different feel for Madson in the American League. For his career, he owns a career ERA of 3.45
Looking at the bullpen in which Oakland carried throughout the past season, it was not at it's best, in fact, it was a major weakness as they finished 2015 with a 4.63 ERA combined which ranked 28th in the league.
Madson could very well be back in the setup role for the coming season though he could see more time as a closer ahead of LHP Sean Doolittle who missed much of 2015 as well as he played with pain in his shoulder which was later caught, forcing him to miss playing time as well.
Earlier in the offseason, MLBTradeRumors projected that Madson would receive a three year contract, however, not at a price in which he got, looking more on the $15 million side of things.
Madson is the second veteran reliever added to the team's roster as LHP Rich Hill was brought aboard last month when he was signed to a one-year, $6 million deal where he will see time in the starting rotation.
This team could look to contend in the upcoming season should the organization look to be active during the winter meetings in Nashville which is now officially underway.