Angels 'very, very unlikely' to pursue Madson

Reliever Ryan Madson declined salary arbitration from the Phillies. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

It seems as if the potential landing spots for closer Ryan Madson are continuing to dwindle.

Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told the Los Angeles Times that it is "very, very unlikely" that the team would acquire Madson.

"What I'll say with some degree of certainty is that our most significant acquisitions have already been made," Dipoto said. "We're trying to add depth, and in a perfect world, we’d like to find another guy to join Jordan Walden, Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins to help with those last nine outs. But closer has never been the real priority."

The Angels have already been big spenders with the signings of Albert Pujols to a $250 million deal and starter C.J. Wilson to a $77.5 million pact.

Adding a closer seemed an option for the Angels. Walden, who had 32 saves as a rookie last year, led the American League in blown saves with 10 and might benefit from serving as a setup man. Downs will be 36 next season and Hawkins is 39.

As for Madson, 31, he enters the new year without a team and few teams are seemingly still in need of closers, although he presumably could accept a role as a setup man.

Madson declined arbitration from the Phillies. Had he accepted he would have been retained on a 1-year contract and have set up new closer Jonathan Papelbon next season and hit the free-agent market. Animosity exists between the Phillies and Madson’s agent, Scott Boras, because Boras was unhappy with the way negotiations were conducted before the Phillies’ signing of Papelbon.

Madson was 4-2, with a 2.37 ERA and 32 saves last season. He appeared in 62 games.