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Athletics sign Ryan Madson to 3-year, $22 million deal

The 35-year old will pitch out of Oakland's bullpen next season.

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Oakland has upgraded its bullpen heading into the Winter Meetings, signing reliever Ryan Madson to a three-year, $22 million deal, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

He becomes the second reliever to sign Sunday after Baltimore signed Darren O'Day to a four-year deal as the market for relievers started to pick up.

Madson, 35, pitched to a 2.13 ERA and 3.09 FIP over 63.1 innings with the Royals last season. He has always shown an ability to strikeout both right and left-handed batters consistently and posted 8.24 strikeouts per nine innings in 2015.

Madson was effective for the Royals after being plagued by Tommy John surgery over the last few seasons. He signed a deal to be Cincinnati's closer in 2012 but did not appear in a regular season game after getting hurt during spring training. He then signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers in 2013 but never was able to get healthy enough to take the mound for them either.

Madson ultimately made the Royals' roster as a non-roster invitee and thrived. He will now head to an Athletics team whose bullpen struggled in 2015. The club's bullpen ended the season with a 4.63 ERA, ranking 28th in all of baseball.