Found November 10, 2011 on
As of yesterday, the Phils were on the brink of resigning Ryan Madson to a 4-year deal worth $44 million with a fifh-year option at $13 million. Now, today you hear that management may have stopped it from happening, a report from Scott Miller CBS Sports. David my boy, please tell me this is not [...]

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...

Papelbon Shipping Out to Philly

It has been reported, however not officially confirmed that Papelbon has reached a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Phillies were on the verge of signing Ryan Madson for 4 yrs/44 million when word came that the deal fell threw.  Suddenly the Phillies were talking with Papelbon again and then word came through twitter this afternoon that Pap and the Phils came to a deal...

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...

Madson, Phillies talking multiyear deal

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

Report: Phillies May Remain Interested in Jonathan Papelbon as Ryan Madson Deal Hangs in Limbo

Ryan Madson might not be returning to the Phillies after all. The reported $44 million, four-year deal the closer signed with the team still has not been approved by team executive David Montgomery, according to Sports Illustrated. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro and agent Scott Boras reportedly reached a deal on Monday, but have been waiting to hear back from Montgomery for...

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...

2nd Lefty- Raul Valdes?

While the deal for Ryan Madson remains on hold, Amaro decided to sure up the bullpen by inking 33 year old lefty reliever Raul Valdes to a minor league deal. In 2 MLB seasons with the Mets, Cardinals, and Yankees, he has whittled his way through 70.2 innings with a 4.58 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. His minor league numbers aren't anymore encouraging- 4.63 ERA/1.47 WHIP.Antonio Bastardo...

Did the Phillies Make the Right Choice with Papelbon?

After all the chaos that unfolded this week for the Philadelphia Phillies, first agreeing but not agreeing with Ryan Madson, and then signing Jonathan Papelbon, there was a general consensus opinion online among Phillies fans and non-Phillies fans alike: that the team would have overpaid for either player. There are just as many critics of the Papelbon deal as there were for the...

Madson's Greedy Agent Can Find Him Work Elsewhere, We Got Papelbon!!!

Ryan Madson had one good year as a closer.  That's right, just one!  Yet he shows up with his scumbag pig of an agent Scott Boras thinking he's some kind of superstar looking for a mega-contract.  I'm sure Boras will get the String Bean his big money, but he's not gonna get it in Philly.  Frankly, I'm ok with that! Ryan Madson must think highly of himself...

Papelbon Signs With Philly

Earlier in the week it was reported on MLB Trade Rumors that the Phillies talks with their now former closer, Ryan Madson, fell through and that they were interested in the former Red Sock. For the Sox, who obviously didn't feel like Papelbon was worth the money will now either hand the job over to Daniel Bard or look to sign one of the available closers. That list includes...

CSNPhilly: Papelbon agrees to deal with Phillies

I was just putting together a Pulitzer-winning post on Ryan Madson's ongoing odyssey with the Phillies when the news came down that Jonathan Papelbon has agreed to a deal with Philadelphia. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly reported the deal first, though he hasn't mentioned contract numbers. Earlier today, ESPN's Jayson Stark wrote about how the Phillies appeared to push more...

Closing In

The Philadelphia Phillies have found their closer, and appear to be a physical away from making the deal official, according to's Jim Salisbury. On Friday afternoon, news broke that the Phillies have reached an agreement with free agent closing pitcher Jonathan Papelbon that will pay the right-hander nearly $50 million over four years. The deal all by slams the...
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