Found November 08, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
On the heels of signing Jim Thome last Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies have made their second big move of the 2011 offseason, re-signing closer Ryan Madson. But the cost for Madson is already causing jeers for GM Ruben Amaro across the internet - four years for $44 million, with a $13 million option for the fifth year. The reaction on Twitter has been harsh, and it's been brutal. But why exactly is this a bad move? Let me break it down for you. Madson *was* one of the best free agent relievers on the market, ranking second on our Free Agent Primer among all closers. But despite that high rankings, relievers aren't worth eight figure contracts, even top closers. And I'm not even sure Madson is a top closer in baseball. Last year was his only season as a full-time closer, and he saved 32 games. He's pitched in a total of less than 120 innings over the last two seasons, so durability is a concern. Amaro is paying $11 million a season to a pitcher who pitches in less ...

Happy Madson’s Great Turnaround

“The game speeds up on Madson sometimes. He doesn’t get to the same comfort level. There’s a little anxiety in there. The ninth inning is a little different than the eighth. There’s been a lot of solid eighth-inning guys who just haven’t been able to pitch the ninth, then one day they learn how to do it. Ryan Madson is Ryan Madson. What did he do, take a crash course in...

Madson, Phillies talking multiyear deal

Ryan Madson is in serious discussions with the Phillies on a multiyear deal.

Talks between Phillies, Madson heat up

Sources confirmed Monday night that talks between the Phillies and free-agent closer Ryan Madson have ratcheted up, although it is unknown if the sides are any closer to a deal.

Phils near deal with Madson, meet with Cuddyer's Jim Duquette first reported Tuesday night that the Phillies are working on a four-year, $44 million contract with closer Ryan Madson.

Who Will Be the Red Sox’ Closer in 2012?

It's open season for free agents, but thus far, no closer has signed a deal to set the market. Ryan Madson in the Phillies appeared close to a massive four-year, $44 million deal this week, though reports later indicated that those talks had stalled. If that deal were to be made, it may have been a bad sign for the Red Sox if they wanted to retain Jonathan Papelbon, who has more...

Would You Rather...? (Free Agent Closers)

The reported contract between Ryan Madson and the Phillies is currently held up for a myriad of reasons. Since there is pause in the signing, I'd like to look at the crop of free agent closers and the speculative pricetag for each.*Age listed for upcoming 2012 season.#:# = BB:K, #/# = ERA/WHIP, % = Save PercentagePast 3 Seasons:Jonathan Papelbon (31) 4 yr/$50 - 194 G, 199.1 IP...

Moment of truth for Papelbon, Red Sox

No matter what happens between Ryan Madson and the Phillies, the fallout will be felt all the way to Fenway, where the Red Sox will suddenly have to ask a hard question: is Jonathan Papelbon worth keeping at, say, $14 million a year? The likelihood is that ownership says yes, especially since Papelbon is coming off his best season, is very much in his prime (age 31) and his reputation...

Phillies Making Strong Push For Ryan Madson

The Phillies are making a "strong push" to re-sign Ryan Madson, according to's Jayson Stark (on Twitter). Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also hears that the Phillies are working hard to complete a deal for Madson. However, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. hasn't ruled other free agents out. "It's no secret I need a closer," Amaro told Rosenthal. "...

HBT: Thome recruiting Cuddyer to Phillies

HBT: After signing with the Phillies, Jim Thome is pushing for Michael Cuddyer to join him.

The Cuddyer Chase Heats Up

We're not exactly sure yet what role Jim Thome is going to wind up playing on the 2012 Phillies. He'll be a potent power bat off the bench for sure and he might be an occasional first baseman, even though he's said in the past that he doesn't think playing the field is his best use. Should the Phils make it to the World Series, he'd certainly be their designated...
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