Found January 10, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Jayson Stark of was a guest of “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill” on my station, 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey. Stark spoke first and foremost about Barry Larkin being the only player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this time around.Among the topics that hit closer to home – the bullpen. Stark says the Phillies haven’t completely closed the door on Ryan Madson and that Kerry Wood is also a viable option; that is, if he wants to leave Chicago.Click here to listen to the Jayson Stark interview.

Source: Reds agree to deal with Madson

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign closer Ryan Madson pending a physical examination, a major league source confirmed to Madson likely will be the Reds closer, after saving 32 games with a 2.37 ERA for the Phillies last year. Philadelphia replaced Madson early in the free-agent period by signing Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, 50 million contract. Madson effectively...

The 2012 Philadelphia Phillies seek to improve, not fall in NL East

Another member of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies departed the team, not unexpectedly, when Ryan Madson signed a one-year $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. The MVP of the 2008 Phillies World Series champions?The latest word on Cole Hamels in the media is that the Phillies are seeking a one-year deal. Not good for the long term.Cole Hamels is rumored to gain...

Better Philadelphia Fan on Field: Winter Classic Guy vs. Old School Taser Boy

I live in Philadelphia. I listen to sports radio, and all they do is piss and moan about how they, as fans, have an unfair reputation as a$$holes. Well….. friends, reputations are earned. There is no doubt that as a whole Philadelphia fans are passionate…. .passionate a$$holes. With that said, this post is all about fun, not being an a$$hole. Pick your fan. You going with the...

More Relief for the Phillies?

The veteran could find himself in the Phillies bullpen in 2012.  When Jimmy Rollins inked his contract extension last month, it signaled the end of the shopping season for Ruben Amaro and the Phillies front office. Coupled with the Jonathan Papelbon deal that kicked off the start of free agency, the Phillies have more or less addressed the most pressing issues for the team as they...

Phillies speaking with Jeremy Accardo

The Philadelphia Phillies are speaking with relief pitcher Jeremy Accardo about a Minor League deal, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.  The team is looking to bolster their bullpen. Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons License.

What Happened Between Ryan Madson and the Phillies

Madson's agent, Scott Boras, says that the Phillies and Madson had a deal and then the Phillies decided to sign someone else.Ruben Amaro, Jr., the Phillies' GM, sharply disagrees but doesn't want to get into a public dispute with Boras.Whom do you believe?The story I heard was that Madson and the Phillies had agreed in principle on a four-year, $44 million deal and then...

Reds To Sign Ryan Madson

The Reds have agreed to sign Ryan Madson, Jon Heyman of tweets. Scott Boras represents the right-hander, who figures to become the closer in Cincinnati's new-look bullpen. Madson posted a 2.37 ERA with 9.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 48.8% ground ball rate in 60 2/3 innings for the Phillies in 2011. The 31-year-old saved 32 games in his first full season as a closer. Last week 17...

AP source: Reds, Madson reach $8.5M, 1-year deal

Free-agent closer Ryan Madson and the Cincinnati Reds reached an oral agreement on an $8.5 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

F-Mart Goes Unclaimed By Padres

From Andy Martino: There will be no F-Mart/Minaya reunion.Padres did not put in a claim on waived Fernando Martinez, source says. Should know today who did. — Andy Martino (@SurfingTheMets) January 11, 2012 I guess that says it all… Yesterday, Jayson Stark predicted 5 teams would put in a waiver claim: Fernando Martinez’s waivers expire tomorrow afternoon. One scout says:...
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