Found November 09, 2011 on Ted's Army:


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The market may have been set for Jonathan Papelbon today when the Phillies agreed to terms with their closer, Ryan Madson, on a four-year, $44 million deal with an option for a fifth season.

Madson, 31, has an earned run average of 3.59 and 52 saves over parts of nine seasons. Papelbon, who turns 31 later this month, has a 2.33 ERA and 219 saves over seven seasons.

If Madson is worth $11 million a year, Papelbon could land a deal with an average annual value of $14 million.

Globe | Good news (and some bad) for Papelbon 

Abraham goes on to say that the bad news is that there is one less destination for Pap (Philadelphia), but that isn't nearly as important as the good side of this story.

Abraham wonders if Pap can get 4/56...well of course he can. The market has been set with a guy who was really good for one year and was otherwise a good set-up man. Pap doesn't start at 4/56 -- that's a worst-case scenario.

His agents will start with no less than 5/75, and probably with an option year. Madson gets a vesting option, and since Pap has been consistent and healthy, there is no reason for him to get a shorter deal.

The story around possible suitors doesn't concern me. Guys always get their money. How many teams were interested in Alex Rodriguez when he opted out of his hefty contract a few years back? The Yankees ponied up 10 years and $275 million, and I guarantee you the Brewers weren't sitting there with a 9-year, $250 million offer.

Pap's gonna get his money, and as I've been saying all along, it's gonna be a lot. Maybe too much, thanks to Philadelphia. The saving grace? The deal might not go through: Jon Heyman tweeted that the deal has been agreed to (between the GM and agent) for 24 hours, but Philly's CEO has yet to approve it. Perhaps it will be too rich for his blood...which we can only hope.

Globe | Red Sox to interview Lovullo on Friday, Lamont on Saturday | Red Sox keep ticket prices the same | Herald | Alomar, Lovullo, Lamont due up | No more tears or fears | Terry Francona and Cardinals meet | ESPNBoston | Red Sox announce next 3 interviews | Red Sox keep ticket prices the same after collapse | Source: Red Sox talked Carlos Beltran


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...

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...

Phillies Re-Sign Madson, But Overpay in the Process

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...

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...

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...

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.

Phillies Make Madson Priority

It looks like the Philadelphia Phillies are doing something a lot of their phans thought they wouldn’t, they’re making an aggressive push to resign closer Ryan Madson. At least that’s according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. @jaysonst: #Phillies are making “strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson. More to come in Rumor Central Personally, I’m not surprised. Madson...

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...

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...

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. "...
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