Madson's Availability Vindicates Phillies

Madson's Availability Vindicates Phillies

When the Phillies chose to sign Jonathan Papelbon to an enormous contract rather than stick with Ryan Madson in the closer role, the decision sparked instant debate. There was a surprising amount of grumbling over bringing in a four-time All Star who is eighth among active pitchers with 219 saves, but the fact is many fans preferred Madson.

But nearly two full months later, Madson is still a free agent. If he was truly the better option for the Phillies, why hasn't he been claimed yet?

The latest reports suggest it's not for lack of interest. At least three teams are said to have their eyes on Madson, possibly more -- just not until his asking price comes down.

Days before the Phils came to terms with Papelbon, there was a rumored four-year deal worth $44 million on the table for Madson, so it's believed he is looking for north of $10 mil per.

Meanwhile, the Miami Marlins skipped right over Madson, scooping up Heath Bell instead. They gave Bell three years, $27 million. The longer this drags on, you have to wonder if he's even in line for something of that magnitude.

For some people, no closer is worth the $50 million the Phillies gave Papelbon, but the bottom line is Madson is not viewed around the league the way he was here. That's not to say there isn't time for him to prove doubters wrong, but he doesn't have the same track record as top-tier closers like Papelbon, or even Bell. That would seem to justify splurging a little to make the switch.

For an alternate take on the Phillies' decision to part ways with Ryan Madson in favor of Jonathan Papelbon click here.

Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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NEWARK, Del. -- Freshman Ryan Daly scored 27 points and Delaware avenged its worst loss of the season, upsetting Northeastern 69-62 on Thursday night for the Blue Hens' first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season.

Cazmon Hayes added 13 points and Eric Carter 11 for Delaware (8-12, 1-6), which snapped a six-game losing streak that had included a 36-point loss, 90-54, to the Huskies on Jan. 5.

T.J. Williams scored 28 points, the only Huskies player to reach double figures. Northeastern (12-7, 5-2) lost its second straight after an eight-game winning streak.

Three-pointers by Devonne Pinkard and Daly gave Delaware the lead for good at 46-41 with 11 minutes left. A 14-2 run with eight points each from Carter and Daly made it a 12-point lead with two minutes to go.

Delaware made 17 of 22 free throws to 7 of 14 for Northeastern.

Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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ELON, N.C. -- Tyler Seibring scored a career-high 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists, Steven Santa Ana added 22 points and Elon beat Drexel 93-73 on Thursday night.

Seibring scored 20-plus for the third time this season, hitting 4 of 6 from distance, and Elon led from start to finish. It was Santa Ana's sixth career 20-plus game in just his sophomore season.

The Phoenix hit double-digit 3-pointers (10) for the 10th time this season.

Dainan Swoope scored 16 points, Brian Dawkins 13 and Dmitri Thompson 12 for Elon (11-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which hit 25 of 28 free-throw attempts -- including 17 of 18 in the second half.

Elon scored the first nine points of the game and had a 10-point lead at halftime.

Kurk Lee and John Moran each scored 15 points for Drexel (7-12, 1-5). Miles Overton added 13 points and Sammy Mojica 10.