Ryan Madson is the reliever that fans of the Philadelphia Phillies would like to see on the mound in the 8th. Will that become a reality in 2013?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-1 Outcome
The Crystal Champagne ToastDarin RufOne-Star Performance
The PenthouseJuan Pierre
Darin Ruf* Snagged A HR Ball In The 1st
Produced A Sac-Fly RBI To Take A 1-0 Lead In The 4th
The Leather WarehouseJuan Pierre* Made A Leaping Catch To Bring Back
A Paint Scrapper In The 1st
The Fun House Of MirrorsPhony Phanatic Losing His Snout During The President's Race
Cholley's DoghouseDom BrownDid Not Hustle On A 6th-Inning Ground Out
The WhitehouseTyson BrumlettMade His MLB Debut In The 9th
Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event
Autumn Morsels To Chew On:
Rube Amaro has 10 raw arms that will need 2013 and 2014 to be ready for backend jobs. The outfield, like the bullpen, only needs one 2-season veteran, because that would provide the time for Darin Ruf and Dom Brown to blossom into regular contributors. The same is true of Phillippe Aumont and the others. So, a 37-year-old player would not be a problem, and the money would fit due to the age. In other words, the competition will be willing to pay more for a 28 year old, who will command a longer, more expensive contract.
There are several excellent candidates and 2 of them were closing by necessity this campaign. That is a plus because they can fill in for Jonathan Papelbon. Rafael Betancourt was a hammer for the entire tour, and he saved 31 of 38 games. Before that he has a history as a very successful 8th-inning set-up man. Grant Balfour locked down the games early and late in the season, protecting leads in 24 of 26 chances.
Brandon League lost his fireman’s role in Seattle, but they knew beforehand that a replacement was needed for 2013. League had 6 blown opportunities out of 15, but shut down all 6 for the Dodgers. However, he will probably be offered a 9th-frame position elsewhere. Mike Adams has done it in spacious-park San Diego and the bandbox for the Rangers. After they pay Josh Hamilton, they may have to part with Adams or Koji Uehara, who has worked there also.
The other candidate is Ryan Madson, who probably won’t be returning to the Reds with Aroldis Chapman there. His agent, however, is Scott Boras and that may play a part in the situation. Madson, 32, had a complicated deal with Cincinnati, where he was listed as $8.5M for 2012. However, that is broken down to $6M with a $2.5M buyout on an $11M mutual option for next summer. After he missed the entire season, the Reds will turn that down. Also, $4M of the $6M is deferred with $2M each due on 11/1/12 and 11/1/13. He made $4.5M for the Phils in 2011.
The brain trust is interested in right-handers, because Antonio Bastardo can face left-handed heavy lineups, giving Papelbon’s bridge an occasional rest as well. That stated, Amaro has only $16.5M to add and remain under the competitive-balance threshold of $178M. GM’s are usually reluctant to pay big dollars until the athlete proves he is healthy, but I’m sure Rube could be creative in this case
Brandon League *29$5.00M3.137452616
* For The Dodgers----------2.302819306
Koji Uehara 37$4.00M1.753731204
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