If you listen to some accounts, the Phillies were “that close” to signing Ryan Madson to a four year, $44 million dollar contract last fall.
Madson denies it, but at the time, there was as much talk of Jonathan Papelbon as their was Ryan Madson,
Madson never signed the deal and the Phillies inked Papelbon to a four year, $50 million contract. Madson, meanwhile, signed a one-year, $8,5 million deal in Cincinnati.
That’s why it came as a shock when Madson was reported to have season-ending Tommy John surgery late last week.
If he had signed in Philadelphia, the Phillies would be looking at Antonio Bastardo as the closer …
It didn’t and the Reds could be scratching and Papelbon would be the Phillies closer.
Whew, that was close.
From the Cincinnati Red web site:
“You can’t control any of this stuff,” Madson said. “You can’t plan anything. I just have to put it in God’s hands and let him take care of it. Everything will be fine. I trust that, and I will do what the trainers say. Bad l...