Found November 11, 2011 on Baseball Musings:
I wonder if the Jose Reyes almost done deal with the Marlins turns out to be like the Ryan Madson almost done deal with the Phillies. I would be surprised if Reyes doesn’t try to start a bidding war.

Phils Trying To Sign Ryan Madson And Chasing Michael Cuddyer

As of yesterday, the Phils were on the brink of resigning Ryan Madson to a 4-year deal worth $44 million with a fifh-year option at $13 million. Now, today you hear that management may have stopped it from happening, a report from Scott Miller CBS Sports. David my boy, please tell me this is not [...]

Don't Feel Sorry for Ryan Madson

Do you feel bad for Ryan Madson?  Do you believe that he is devastated he will not be returning to the Phillies?  Do you feel he genuinely wanted to come back and was cheated out of the opportunity?  Is he sitting around shell shocked, trying to comprehend how it all went wrong, realizing there's no way to fix it?  Well, don't feel bad for him! Certain players make...

Phillies Pick Papelbon Over Madson

Only a few days ago, it seemed as though the Phillies would be going into the 2012 season with the bullpen set just as in 2011: with Ryan Madson as closer. The rumored four-year, $44 million dollar deal between Madson and the Phillies blew up nearly as soon as it was “confirmed.” Less than a week later, the Phillies have reached an agreement with a new closer. According to Jim...

Madson, Phillies 4-Year Deal On Hold?

(PHOTO: UPDATE, Nov 9, 4:20 pm: Ken Rosenthal of is now reporting that a deal between the two sides was never done and pending approval. He says those reports were premature. Multiple sources are telling him that no deal was ever reached, although last night multiple reports had the two sides awaiting the approval of David Montgomery. Another wrinkle into a...

Madson Deal Collapses, Nationals May Have Interest

Ruben Amaro Jr. along with agent Scott Boras and Ryan Madson all thought they had a new contract set-in-stone.  A third party, however, has halted the signing from occuring.'s Tim Brown was one of the first to report Tuesday night of the potential deal that would sign Madson through the 2015 season with an option for an additional year. The night progressed with...

Report: Phillies May Remain Interested in Jonathan Papelbon as Ryan Madson Deal Hangs in Limbo

Ryan Madson might not be returning to the Phillies after all. The reported $44 million, four-year deal the closer signed with the team still has not been approved by team executive David Montgomery, according to Sports Illustrated. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro and agent Scott Boras reportedly reached a deal on Monday, but have been waiting to hear back from Montgomery for...

Papelbon Shipping Out to Philly

It has been reported, however not officially confirmed that Papelbon has reached a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Phillies were on the verge of signing Ryan Madson for 4 yrs/44 million when word came that the deal fell threw.  Suddenly the Phillies were talking with Papelbon again and then word came through twitter this afternoon that Pap and the Phils came to a deal...

Moment of truth for Papelbon, Red Sox

No matter what happens between Ryan Madson and the Phillies, the fallout will be felt all the way to Fenway, where the Red Sox will suddenly have to ask a hard question: is Jonathan Papelbon worth keeping at, say, $14 million a year? The likelihood is that ownership says yes, especially since Papelbon is coming off his best season, is very much in his prime (age 31) and his reputation...

Did the Phillies Make the Right Choice with Papelbon?

After all the chaos that unfolded this week for the Philadelphia Phillies, first agreeing but not agreeing with Ryan Madson, and then signing Jonathan Papelbon, there was a general consensus opinion online among Phillies fans and non-Phillies fans alike: that the team would have overpaid for either player. There are just as many critics of the Papelbon deal as there were for the...

Papelbon Signing Swallows Up Important Flexibility

Ruben Amaro likes to act fast. Really fast.Ruben and the Phils inked closer Jonathan Papelbon today for a contract in the neighborhood of 4 years/$50 million pending a physical. The deal is $6 million more than the rumored deal Ryan Madson was offered.Papelbon has been an exceptional closer for six seasons with the hated Red Sox, posting a 2.33 ERA, averaging over a strikeout an...

Papelbon Signs With Philly

Earlier in the week it was reported on MLB Trade Rumors that the Phillies talks with their now former closer, Ryan Madson, fell through and that they were interested in the former Red Sock. For the Sox, who obviously didn't feel like Papelbon was worth the money will now either hand the job over to Daniel Bard or look to sign one of the available closers. That list includes...
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