Angels 'very unlikely' to sign Madson

Angels 'very unlikely' to sign Madson

Angels 'very unlikely' to sign Madson
ANAHEIM -- Those daydreams about free-agent reliever Ryan Madson joining the Angels' bullpen? Put them to rest, general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

Madson's market may have dried up since the start of the offseason, and perhaps his contract demands have gone down, too, but Dipoto said Thursday that it's "very unlikely that we're going to be major players for Ryan Madson."

Like he does with every other free agent, Dipoto has checked in with Madson's representative, Scott Boras. But talks haven't gone much further than that, he said.

"Through the course of this offseason, we have never prioritized a closer, and while it's certainly appealing to think about the option of adding a guy like Ryan Madson, it just doesn't fit what we're trying to do right now, and that's from a variety of different perspectives," Dipoto added. "So I would say it's very unlikely, and that's the way I'd summarize it."

Coming off a season that saw them tie for the American League lead in blown saves, the Angels have added veteran right-hander LaTroy Hawkins on a one-year, $3 million contract, and Dipoto has expressed faith in the young Jordan Walden, who has electric stuff and had a solid 2011 season -- posting a 2.98 ERA and going 32-for-42 in save chances.

The Angels are still exploring bullpen options, with Joel Zumaya, Luis Ayala, Todd Coffey, Juan Cruz, Scott Linebrink and Shawn Camp among the more intriguing non-closer types available. But after spending nearly $330 million on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, Dipoto's options are rather limited.