Ryan Madson and Chase Utley are both California boys. Utley hails from Pasadena and graduated from UCLA, while Madson is a Long Beach guy, drafted by the Phillies out of Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California in 1998. Madson signed a three-year, $22-million deal with the Oakland A's and Utley added a one-year, $7-million deal to stick with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who acquired him from the Phillies this past Summer.
Madson didn't pitch in the majors for three straight seasons because of various injuries, but became a key part of the Kansas City Royals bullpen last season when they won a World Series. In 68 games with the Royals, Madson was 1-2 with three saves and a 2.13 ERA. With his new club, it's possible that Madson will at least be in the mix to win the closer's job out of spring training.
Utley was dealt to the Phillies for right-hander John Richy and infielder/outfielder John Richy on August 19th. Utley, who turns 37 later this month, suffered through the worst season of his career, batting a combined 8-39-.212/.286/.343 in 107 games, 73 of which were with the Phillies. In his tenure in Philly, Utley played in 1,551 games, batting .282/.366/.481 with 233 home runs and 916 RBI.
Utley was involved in a controversial slide into second base during the playoffs that left Mets infielder Ruben Tejada with a broken leg.