If anyone was concerned for the the future of Ryan Madson as an MLB pitcher, well you shouldn't have. The former Phillies set-up man turned closer struck a deal with the Cincinnati Reds for one-year worth $8.5 million.
Nevertheless, the attention seemed to shift from the deal Madson did not ink instead of the deal he received.
Instead the Phillies opted to give the coin to an outsider in Jonathan Papelbon — who does have a better track record — to the tune of $50 million over the same four years.
It turned out to be a big slap in the face to head of the Madson camp, Scott Boras after the Phillies went out and offered another player the same amount of years and even more money.
"It's very simple…We never rejected any offer from Philadelphia at four years and $44 million. We advised Philadelphia that we would agree to such a proposal. And Philadelphia decided upon hearing that to go in a different direction."
Boras went on to reiterate that both sides did agree on the deal mentioned previously mentioned when reporters tried to dig for more information pertaining to the supposed deal.
RAJ went on to comment in a separate interview,
"There's no reason for me to get into a public debate with Scott on this…All I can tell you is, there was never an agreement, and we decided that we wanted to sign someone with the experience and the ability of Johnathan Papelbon so we went that route."
Sounds like Boras is a tad bitter that he was unable to land a monster deal this offseason. Who knows what actually went down in negotiations. There is a saying that goes that is three sides to every story. In this case it's RAJ's side, Boras's side and the truth.
If Madson performs well for Cincinnati this year, Boras very well may see a big pay day for his client.
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