Reds sign Ryan Madson

The Cincinnati Reds are really going to go for the whole enchilada in 2012.

This meant that bringing back closer Francisco Cordero probably wasn’t a viiable option. Tonight they signed closer Ryan Madson to a deal. The Reds are slowly starting to stock the cabinet.

Madson saved 32 games in 34 chances with the Phillies in 2011 and owns a 2.89 ERA over the past five seasons. This is a pretty big signing, since up until late in the evening rumors had the Reds sizing up Kerry Wood or considering bringing back Cordero for another year.

The Reds have a collection of electric arms in both their pen and starting rotation. If they can find someone to play left field on the days that Chris Heisey needs a blow, I think you are looking at the NL Central Champions of 2012.