Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 10/17/11
When Ruben Amaro was holding court about the end of the Phillies season last week, he indicated that the team would sign a veteran free agent to replace Ryan Madson if the closer signs with another team. We'd love to ask Amaro that question again after watching the Rangers and Cardinals celebrate their trips to the World Series. If he's been paying attention, he might just have a change of heart when it comes to doling out the green for pitchers coming out of the pen. Neither of this year's participants spent heavily at the start of the year on relief pitching, entrusting their pens to an assortment of castoffs and young guns instead of pricey veterans. That didn't work out all that well, as the Cardinals blew a bunch of saves and both teams found themselves making three trades for pitchers, but it has paid off handsomely in October. Neither team has had starting pitching worth spit, but their bullpens carried them to the doorstep of a championship. You're probably asking yourself a...
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