The Oakland Athletics have been quiet so far this offseason, but they made an impact move to improve the bullpen on Sunday. They have reportedly signed Ryan Madson to a three year, $22 Million deal. Madson had a resurrection last year with the Kansas City Royals, going 1-2 out of the bullpen with a 2.13 ERA in 63.1 innings pitched.
The A’s have made two bullpen acquisitions so far this offseason. They signed Rich Hill to a one year, $6M deal and acquired Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Jesse Chavez. The team didn’t perform up to expectations last year, going 68-94 and finishing last. They had made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons before 2015.
The bullpen revamp continues in the Bay Area. I question giving three years to a 35 year old pitcher. Zack Greinke, who recently signed with the Diamondbacks, wanted six years, but didn’t get that kind of offer from the Dodgers because he’s 32. If a team won’t give the amount of years wanted to one of, if not THE top pitcher in the game, why would you give three years to a reliever that’s three years older?