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Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils backed off

Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:18 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 10:53 am

The Reds got an excellent closer on a reasonable contract when they agreed to an $8.5-million, one-year contract with ex-Phillie Ryan Madson. What did Madson get? He received the opportunity to close for a very good young team where he has the chance to rack up saves before hitting the free-agent market again next year.

Madson came close to doing a $44-million, four-year deal with the Phillies earlier this winter, as everyone knows by now. But Madson's agent Scott Boras wanted to make it clear that Madson did not reject that proposal, as has been suggested in some places on the blogosphere, and in fact informed the Phillies he was ready to sign back with the Phillies for that $44-million deal he said was proposed. "He told the Phillies he would accept it, and the Phillies decided not to execute it,'' Boras said by phone.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro has denied that the deal fell apart because club president Dave Montgomery wouldn't approve it but declined to get into the specifics of how it blew up. Word was, the sides were discussing relatively minor items such as incentives when Amaro raised the idea of needing to go to Montgomery, though Amaro has since said that Montgomery knew all along where things stood and was not the reason the deal didn't go down. The Phillies ultimately signed Jonathan Papelbon for $50 million over four years shortly after the deal with Madson blew up.

The Phillies at some point tried to re-engage Madson about returning on a much lower deal, but after being under the impression he had a deal with his old team for $44 million Madson never re-entered serious talks with his old team.

In any case, the Reds were the beneficiary of the deal that blew up, getting the improving reliever who saved 30 of 32 chances in his first year with the bulk of the closing time. He went 4-2 with 62 strikeouts in 60 2/3 inings.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:23 pm

Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils didnt execute it

Shouldn't the Phillies come out and say "HELL YEAH".  We blew up the deal and said screw it we moved on didn't want to deal with Boras, got a better closer...suck it Boras...lets face it...I think most the fans are right...I think by not signing signing Fielder and Jackson yet Boras's rep is suffering...the only way to get Boras out of baseball is make him irrelevant and you have to do that by not signing his clients and having them sign for way less then Boras ever wanted...its like fighting a nasty remove the Tumor of Boras from the body of MLB you have to continually over this and the next decade keep screwing his rep and making him irrelevant and eventually players will leave him and when he looses enough big named clients he won't be getting as many ig name clients and he will eventually become obsolete unfortunately this will be a long process but its nice to see with Fielder and Jackson still jobless as of right now. 


Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:19 pm

Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils didnt execute it

at about $220,000.00 per save , whats not to like if you're Madson?

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:10 pm

Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils didnt execute it

Don't kid yourself, some sucker is gonna give Fielder a 7 - 8 year deal for 25 a year. All this new cable money is being spent like a a15 year old girl who's father just gave her his Amex card and dropped her off at the mall and said call me when you are tired. It will take a couple years before these bills come due and then she sh it will hit the fan. I hope everybody enjoys paying $8 for a hotdog and $40 for parking to go see the Nat's and Brewers play cause it's coming folks.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:10 pm

Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils didnt execute it

Tell the truth.   If you had a son that needed an agent.  Who would you want to represent your kid?  Boras would be my first and only choice and this is coming from a guy who Boras has ripped players from my Royals repeatedly!!!

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:56 pm

Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils didnt execute it

Boras has really had a rough offseason this year as a few of his clients are still left waiting. I don't see how he'll get anywhere near what he set out to achieve for Prince Fielder, or Edwin Jackson. This Madsen deal is another one that didn't work out the way it should have. It'll be interesting to see if a few more players move away from Boras given the way some of free agency has worked out the past couple years. 

The guy isn't exactly good for the game, so it doesn't break my heart to see some of his higher level clients being left a little disappointed in his services.  

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:53 pm

Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils didnt execute it

Boras is to baseball players as to Rosenhuas is to Football players.  I don't care that Madson is not back, would have it been nice to have him just in case?  Of course.  In my opinion Madson was too greedy and wanted too much. He also thought that teams would be knocking down the door to sign him. As we all can see that was clearly not the case.

I do wish Madson the best and thanks for the great work he did in the Bullpen, saide from breaking his foot kicking the chair.

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:50 pm

Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils didnt execute it

Agreed. Two of Boras' biggest clients this year - Fielder and Jackson - are still unsigned in mid-January and might have to take shorter deals because teams have already moved to fill roster sports with other players. Boras is just trying to save his reputation at this point.

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:37 pm

Boras: Ryan OK'd $44M bid; Phils didnt execute it

I dont believe a thing Boras says to the media...

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