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.
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The Phillie Phanatic is nothing if not persistent.
When he has his big bug eyes set on something, he goes to great length to make it happen.
So it was with great joy we got to see his wooing of Los Angeles Dodgers' reporter Alanna Rizzo paid off on Thursday -- at least in the short term.
Prior to today's matinee with the Dodgers, the Phillies broadcast showed the Phanatic setting up a lovely, romantic setting on the field at Citizens Bank Park for a date with Alanna.
"He knows exactly how to get to a ladies' heart," Phillies play-by-play man Tom McCarthy said.
But then the Phanatic had to go screw it up like the goof that he is and spilled his beverage all over his date.
We're hoping that Phyllis does not see this clip, for everyone's sake. But part of us thinks it may have all been a ploy to punk the opposing team's media member. Maybe the Phanatic is smarter than we all think and had that up his sleeve all along.
"Do they have to put him in a cage when they take a flight," John Kruk wondered aloud.