Jan 11, 2012, 9:39 AM EST
Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson just signed a deal with the Reds for $8.5 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a little more. Earlier this offseason the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to be their closer for $50 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a lot more.
Now, to be clear, I think Papelbon is the better pitcher and the better bet to have a better 2012 season. But they’re not so different that it justifies a three-year $42 million difference in their contracts. Someone here is a sucker. Maybe Madson for not signing someplace earlier. Maybe the Phillies for totally misreading the closer market. Hard to say.
So you say. Here’s a poll. Vote early and often. Assuming the poll lets you. Not sure it does:
- Ranking MLB managers by . . . handsomeness 0
- Curtis Granderson: “A lot of people have told me real New Yorkers are Mets fans” 34
- The Phillies have told teams they’d trade Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels 53
- Mark Prior’s retirement reminds us that young pitchers will break your heart 24
- Roy Halladay is retiring 54
- Robinson Cano agrees to $240 million deal with Mariners (260)
- Yankees agree to seven-year, $153M contract with free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (160)
- Report: Mariners willing to offer Robinson Cano a 10-year, $240 million deal (143)
- Report: Yankees have agreed to a three-year deal with Carlos Beltran (125)
- Brett Gardner is drawing “significant” trade interest (112)