Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 12/29/11
When Ryan Madson took the mound in the ninth inning of Game Five of the National League Division Series, I remember watching that moment with my friend Paul (a great writer over at Crashburn Alley) and talking about how this might be the last time that the tall righty ever threw a pitch in red pinstripes, and that he would be exceedingly wealthy in the very near future. It wasn’t a crazy notion, because he was hitting the open market for the first time in his career, and he had more than proven his worth as a closing pitcher, and if there is one thing that I am certain of, it’s that General Managers LOVE to pay a lot of money for saves. Flash forward two months, and Ryan Madson is still out of the job. No, not in the “I am the 99%” way, but in the “no one needs a closing pitcher” way, which is kind of silly, because when the free agent bidding period started, no less than a half-dozen teams needed a closing pitcher, including the Philadelphia Phillies, which figured to make them t...
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