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Phillies, Ryan Madson close on a 4 year, $44 million deal

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The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly close to re-signing free agent closer Ryan Madson to a 4 year, $44 million deal.


Ryan Madson

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Before 2011, Madson was primarily a setup man for the Phillies, and there were those who followed the Phillies who suggested that that was as far as he should rise, as he supposedly lacked a "closer's mentality."


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ryan Madson 4-2 62 0 0 0 32 2 60.2 54 16 16 2 16 62 2.37 1.15

But Madson had a successful 2011 season in the closer role for Philadelphia, and he seems to have alleviated concerns that he couldn't handle the closer's job.

4 years, $44 million is too much money for a reliever, but Madson is good, he's been with the Phillies for almost a decade, and Philadelphia clearly feels more comfortable overpaying to keep him around than getting involved in a bidding war for Heath Bell or Jonathan Papelbon.