Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/11/12

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and agent Scott Boras have differing viewpoints on why closer Ryan Madson is now longer in the City of Brotherly Love.

In November, the sides were reportedly closing in on a four-year, $44 million contract before talks quickly unraveled. Within days, the Phillies signed former Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal.

"It's very simple," Boras said of the issue. "We never rejected any offer from Philadelphia at four years and $44 million. We advised Philadelphia that we would agree to such a proposal. And Philadelphia decided upon hearing that to go in a different direction."

For his part, Amaro contends that there was never an agreement with Madson and his representatives.

"There's no reason for me to get into a public debate with Scott on this," Amaro said. "I have no desire to do that. All I can tell you is, there was never an agreement, and we decided that we wanted to sign someone with the experience and the ability of Jonathan Papelbon. So we went that route."

Madson signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

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