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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.

Yahoo.com'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.

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The night progressed with many national baseball writers confirming of the Phillies-Madson negotiations, some saying it was "hard to imagine a deal not getting done soon".

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Jon Heyman soon thereafter reported that Ryan Madson's new deal had been awaiting Philly CEO (David Montgomery's) approval for over a day.  

CSN.com's Jim Salisbury reported early Wednesday morning that a source close to Madson said no such deal (4 years, $44M) had existed, and talks were ongoing.  

The latest report from Ken Rosenthal, however, suggests that no such exchange between Boras and the Phillies front office had ever occured.  

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If the Nationals do indeed pursue free-agent closer Ryan Madson, that would confirm speculation from mid-October.  

Whatever happens from here on out will definitely be interesting.  

Matt Rappa is a contributor for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter at @mattrappa.

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