Found November 10, 2011 on Fangraphs:
Last winter when the Phillies were revealed as the mystery team that scooped up Cliff Lee off the open market, every baseball mind in the country pondered: Is this the best rotation ever? Dave Cameron chimed in on the topic and concluded this was no case of hyperbole. The consensus around the blo...

Report: Phillies having second thoughts about Madson

The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly having second thoughts about their four-year, $44-million offer to reliever Ryan Madson.Multiple sources are suggesting that the Phillies are considering other options as they hold off on approval of the deal. The two sides were thought to be close on finalizing the contract Tuesday night.The deal, which includes a vesting option for a fifth...

Free Agency: Papelbon, Madson, Pujols

Papelbon is in play for the Phillies. (Photo:–As far as closer is concerned, things have taken a 180 since earlier in the week. Ryan Madson and the Phillies were reportedly close to a four-year contract, but those rumors were deemed false by Ruben Amaro Jr. Now it appears Jonathan Papelbon is at the top of the Phillies wishlist for closer.Jayson Stark of ESPN...

Phils complete $50M deal with Papelbon

Welcome to the Phillies, Cinco Ocho. Jonathan Papelbon and his alter ego finalized a $50 million, four-year contract with Philadelphia on Monday. The former Boston Red Sox closer had agreed to terms with the Phillies on Friday. The contract is the largest ever for a reliever, and it actually totals $50,000,058. The deal includes a vesting option for 2016 that could become guaranteed...

Hot Stove Stance: Phillies Reversing Course on Madson?

<span style="font-family: "Times","serif";">On Tuesday, Tim Brown of Yahoo!Sports, <span style="font-family: "Times","serif";">tweeted<span style="font-family: "Times","serif";"> the Philadelphia Phillies had come to an agreement withRyan Madson on a 4-year/$44 million contract...

Deal between Ryan Madson, Phillies in holding pattern

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Another Near Done Deal

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.

Phillies To Sign Jonathan Papelbon

The Phillies have agreed to sign Jonathan Papelbon, according to Jim Salisbury of (on Twitter). The deal is pending a physical.

Making News

The Ryan Madson signing saga is a good example of baseball people trying to make news in a slow week. What struck me odd about the early stories was the money, four years for $44 million. As a closer, why should Ryan take less average money than Rafael Soriano, the Yankees set up man. Like it or not, the Phillies are now the Yankees of the National League, and ball players are...

Ryan Madson Rumors: Wednesday

The latest on free agent reliever Ryan Madson: This morning, Jim Salisbury of tweeted, "Source close to Madson said Tues night there was no deal and talks were ongoing. Still believe Papelbon in picture."  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says sources indicated this morning that the Phillies are reconsidering their options. SI's Jon Heyman tweeted early...

The Ryan Madson Situation Gets Murkier

On Wednesday morning, it looked like we were hours away from Ryan Madson's return to the Phillies on a four-year, $44 million deal with an option for a fifth year and $13 million more. And then, just when it seemed like it was safe to take your Madson jersey out of storage, the whole thing came screeching to a halt. The deal wasn't just not quite done, it wasn't even...
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