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Madson and Reds finalize $8.5M, 1-year deal

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CINCINNATI (AP)

Free-agent closer Ryan Madson and the Cincinnati Reds have finalized their $8.5 million, one-year contract.

The deal, agreed to Jan. 11 and announced Friday, calls for a $6 million salary this year, of which $2 million is deferred until Nov. 1 and $2 million until Nov. 1, 2013. The agreement includes a $11 million mutual option for 2013 with a $2.5 million buyout.

Madson saved 32 games in 34 chances last year for NL East champion Philadelphia. He replaces Francisco Cordero as the Reds' closer.

Madson nearly re-signed with the Phillies, but a $44 million, four-year deal collapsed in November and days later Philadelphia reached a $50 million, four-year contract with closer Jonathan Papelbon.

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