Found November 02, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
Teams possibly in need of a closer include the Astros, Blue Jays, Marlins, Mets, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Reds, Red Sox and Twins. That's exactly ten team. Here are ten free agents that are available for your closer consideration. 1. Jonathan Papelbon (31) – Paps wants to set the market for closers this season. Although the Red Sox want him back, they may not be willing to pay upwards of $13-plus million per season for a reliever. 2. Ryan Madson (31) – Madson has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the last four seasons. In 2011, he finally got his shot at the full time closer’s gig with Brad Lidge sidelined. If I were a major league GM, I’d prefer Madson to Papelbon, as he’s likely to cost less and produce at nearly the same level, if not better. 3. Francisco Rodriguez (30) – K-Rod has had his issues. He’s outspoken at times, violent at times and he clearly is all about the money. Well, he may not get the $17.5M option that he was hoping for when he signed wit...

Red Sox Mailbag: Jonathan Papelbon Makes Sense for Sox, But Cheaper Options Wouldn't Hurt Team

The free-agent season is here. As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning, more than 150 players flooded the market as the period of exclusive negotiations ended for their 2011 teams. David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon are the two biggest names that could be slipping through Boston's fingers as we speak. In other news, J.D. Drew is also a free agent. Teams (and their fans) around baseball...

Ryan Madson Player Projection No. 158

Key Stats: 48.8% - Ryan Madson's ground ball percentage. The Phillies play in a band box, but no one gets HR's if they hit the ball on the ground. Madson has a great ability to strike guys out (9.08, 10.87 and 9.20 K/9 since 2009) and not allow well hit balls. Despite a BABIP of .315 (.300 is considered about average) the numbers on hit balls are favorable. His line drive...

Report: Jonathan Papelbon May Be Satisfied With Three Year, $45 Million Contract Offer

The last time the Red Sox saw Jonathan Papelbon walk off the mound, it was after the Baltimore Orioles rallied to knock the Sox out of the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. It may take a record contract to ensure that memory isn't the last one fans have of Papelbon in a Red Sox uniform. On Wednesday, Peter Gammons went on WEEI's Mutt and Merloni to discuss...

Phillies will try to re-sign Madson, Rollins

The Philadelphia Phillies will atemmpt to re-sign free agents Ryan Madson and Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Madson is part of a closer pool in free agency that includes Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell and Joe Nathan. He moved from the eighth-inning role this season and was 4-2 with 32 saves in 34 chances and a 2.37 ERA. Madson's value to the Phillies was...

Phillies hope to bring back Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Madson

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Phils Would Be Unwise To Offer Oswalt Arbitration

As divulged by MLB Trade Rumors Monday, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Madson and Roy Oswalt have been classified as Type A free agents, while Brad Lidge and Raul Ibanez garnered Type B titles.Offering Roy Oswalt arbitration would be way too risky.Type A free agents, if they are offered and decline arbitration, bring back two early draft picks if signed by another team. The top 15 teams...

Big Papi, Pap, and Wheeler

David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon both filed for free agency today.  Ben Cherington has said he would like to keep both players but the Red Sox have not made a formal offer to either one yet. The Red Sox have until the end of the day to decide on Wheeler's $3 million option.  If they decline it he will become a free agent.

Sox GM expects Ortiz, Papelbon to hit market

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said he expects both his premier free agents, David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon, to reach free agency.

Free Agents - Relief Pitchers

<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">With the World Series over players will begin filing for free agency.  With that in mind let’s have a look at the available free agents and who the Sox should target.  Today I am concluding with a look at the relief pitchers.  <span style="font-family: "Arial"...
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