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Boras: Ryan Madson already receiving “a lot of interest”

Nov 5, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

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Free agent right-hander Ryan Madson registered an impressive 2.37 ERA and 62/16 K/BB ratio across 60 2/3 innings this season for the NL East champion Phillies, collecting 32 saves in 34 opportunities.

He’ll be looking to cash in this winter as the most dominant reliever on the market. And it sure sounds like his suitors have already begun lining up.

According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, agent Scott Boras said Saturday that Madson is “receiving a lot of interest, including from a couple of teams we didn’t know we’re looking for a closer.”

Ignoring the fact that Boras sounds like a broken record with his whole “a lot of interest” shtick, it’s safe to wonder whether the 31-year-old Madson might be able to fetch a three-year deal this offseason worth close to $10 million annually.

Most teams would consider that too pretty of a penny for any relief pitcher, no matter how reliable. But keep in mind that the Yankees gave Rafael Soriano a three-year, $35 million contract just 10 months ago.

  1. Ben - Nov 5, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Madson’s stud, but it’s nuts to pay a reliever 10 million.

    • baseballisboring - Nov 5, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      true, but he probably still gets it.

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Yep, it only takes one team….but really…how many teams are just one reliever away from being competitive? Because unless a guy is the last piece you need and is the only available options…such contracts are just plain dumb.

  2. andrebeingandre16 - Nov 6, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    hmmm….cant seem to remember the last time a boras client wasnt receiving a lot of interest?

    • 78mu - Nov 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      If you listen to Boras, you’d think his clients receive interest from all MLB teams plus a few NFL and NBA teams – he’s just that great of an agent.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 6, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    Should we draw the conclusion from the piece then that Boras’s “other” clients like Prince Fielder haven’t received any interest?
    Don’t be surprised with the glut of closers on the market this year if their value both in years and dollars is reduced somewhat.

  4. xxakshunxx - Nov 6, 2011 at 3:58 AM

    i expected since last season the phillies would resign Madson and jus make him Lidges replacement..i wouldnt mind something like 4 years/around 35-37 million.. they paid Lidge something close to 12 per season and he was only worth that one year

  5. gallaghedj311 - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    Peace Ryan. I hear the nats are interested. So there’s a team not really in need of a closer. He can join jayson werth in october and play xbox since Washington won’t sniff the playoffs. Phillies got better things to spend money on….

  6. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    If I was a Boras client I would be “drawing plenty of interest too”.

  7. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Using Rafael Soriano as a comp is kind of foolish considering the year he had – or as my mother used to say- “If everybody else jumps off a bridge it doesn’t mean you should.” – or something like that.

  8. kingjoe1 - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Unnamed team GM; “Hi Scott, we are interested to know if you were serious about wanting 10 million a year for a 31 year old with 52 career saves and career .261 batting average against him?”

    Scott Boras: ” Yes, look at last year he broke out.”

    UTGM: “Ok Scott we were just interested in knowing if you were serious, thanks but you might be out of you freakin mind…(hahah, he said “broke out” for a 31 yr old, hahahhaha)”

  9. jwbiii - Nov 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    I’m sure that several GMs have “shown interest” in Ryan Madson, in the same sense that Brian Cashman “showed interest” in Roy Oswalt in the previous post. It doesn’t mean much, but it doesn’t mean anybody is lying, either.

  10. mojosmagic - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    There is always a sucker GM to take a over pay a Boros client. Last year the moronic Nats paid Jason Worthless 130 million so it only takes one idiot. Madson gets hurt a lot and tends to wear down so buyer beware.

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