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Madson still believes Phillies reneged


08:51 AM ET 03.19 | He-said-they-said? We'll probably never know for sure what, exactly, went down between the Phillies and Scott Boras this offseason. As you probably remember, longtime setup man Ryan Madson had been under the impression that Boras and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. were closing in on a deal worth $44 million over 4 years when the Phillies announced that they had signed Jonathan Papelbon to a 4-year, $50 million contract. ... The veteran righthander recently told that he still believes the two sides had a verbal agreement. "I can't prove it. But I do believe it," Madson said. Boras has "been in the business for 20 years and it's never happened before."

Philadelphia Daily News

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March 19, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Awww, poor Scott Boras. He seems like such an straight shooter to me.

For 6 million dollars more spread over 4 years, the Phils got one of the best closers in the game, who has done it for his entire career and is one year younger than Madson.

March 19, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Phils chose to go with the guy who has closed his whole career and is one year younger than Madson.... for $6 million more spread over 4 years.

A lot for a closer, but if you are spending that much, you might as well get one of the best.

March 19, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Sorry for double posts.

March 19, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Boras was probably trying to negotiate with other teams at the same time and is now whining.

He does well for some players, yet leaves other clients out to dry.

March 19, 2012  09:58 AM ET

Boras does his job well. What that means is that he is sleazy and underhanded.

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March 19, 2012  11:23 AM ET

Or, Boras did something that made the Phillies look elsewhere, and doesn't have the spine to tell Madson. Boras is slime, simply put. He goes after his bottom line and not what works best for the player.

March 19, 2012  11:45 AM ET

its always a first time, perhaps next year he may be able to land a long term contract for madson!!!

March 19, 2012  11:56 AM ET

I would say that if there was nothing in writing, he is out of luck. But, after reading the article about the Cowboys and Redskins losing cap space because they did not abide by a verbal agreement, I am confused. I guess the MLB and NFL handle verbal agreements differently.

March 19, 2012  12:33 PM ET

Boras does his job well. What that means is that he is sleazy and underhanded.

And those are his best qualities.

March 19, 2012  01:18 PM ET

It's impossible to feel sorry for anyone even remotely related to this story.

March 20, 2012  04:40 PM ET

Over 2009-2010, Madson had 26 save opportunities and only converted 15 of them. Why in the world would anyone commit to paying him $44M ???


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