Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 11/18/11



Last week, we got a tip that Rosenhaus may have been pitting (to no ones surprise) two teammates on the Eagles against each other in order to sign one of them.

Now we learned he may not be the only agent in the city up to no good.

Buzz on Broad has learned that baseball super agent Scott Boras may have fabricated the reported 4-year, $44 million dollar deal that was reportedly on the table for Ryan Madson last week.

According to a tip we have received from someone close to the situation, the deal that was reported last week was nothing more than Boras's attempting to drum up a market for Madson. The tip also says that not only did high level executives in the Phillies organization know nothing about the deal, they did not even want Madson back as a closer.

Apparently Ruben Amaro Jr. was highly interested in Johnathon Papelbon all along, and made clear to Boras and Madson that he was only interested in bringing Madson back as a set up man. No offer was ever extended by the Phillies to Madson, according to the report. If the Phillies do end up signing Madson (which seems very unlikely at this point), he would most likely remain in his set up man role.

As with all tips, they should be taken with a grain of salt. But the fact is that Madson is no longer a member of the Phillies, and Papelbon is.

But it would make sense that talks would break down after the "deal" that Boras leaked ended up not being true. The fact that Madson has not yet signed a deal only adds to the logic that Boras would feel pressure to drum up interest in his client. How would it look if his own team did not want him back in a close role?

Either way, it appears that the Phillies got their man- and Boras is left looking for the big closer money he told his client he would get them.

Erik Seybold is a contributor to Buzz On Broad. You can follow him on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI 

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