As of yesterday, the Phils were on the brink of resigning Ryan Madson to a 4-year deal worth $44 million with a fifh-year option at $13 million. Now, today you hear that management may have stopped it from happening, a report from Scott Miller CBS Sports. David my boy, please tell me this is not true. You gave Lidge a 3-year $37.5 million contract. My man, you have a packed house every night, over 200 sellouts in a row. You just upped the prices of your tix. You can not be serious bro?
It is not like Madson is setting a new trend for closer money here. Mariano Rivera, Brad Lidge, Jason Papelbon and K-Rod all made more than $12 mill or more last season. Madson 31, easily has been the Phils most consistent reliever in the past five seasons, after the season in which he was a starter. I will give him a mulligan on that one. Maybe even the best reliever in the past five years next to Rivera in the post-season with his 2.34 era and 43 strikeouts in 35 innings. I know he struggled with the ninth inning up until last season. But all you need is something little to click in your head when your struggling with something then, BOOM. I love that word, BOOM. And that is what happened to Madson.
He converted 32 out 34 save opportunities with a 2.37 era in his first season as the main closer. I know some of you might think we need to spend the money elsewhere and use a stopgap guy. When you compete for title every year like the Phils do now, not playoffs, a title, you just don’t find a stopgap guy for closer position. You go out and get one of the best. Maybe you can look at other options like Heath Bell. I can guarantee that he will most likely cost you more. Madson has proven what he can do already. So just sign off already Dave! Or maybe saving for Reyes? Hmm…
In other news Michael Cuddyer was in town for a visit with the Phils. Most people know by now that they are going hard after him. Cuddyer plays first, third and the outfield. He is solid hitter and brings alot of intensity that would fit this teams style. Known to be a great teammate, just ask Thome. Could put Polly into a super-utility role as the Rangers did with Michael Young. Not as strong defensively as Polly, but is a better hitter at this point. I love Polly but he cannot make it through a full season anymore. Also Cuddyer could fill-in in rightfield and first base with injury to Howard and Mayberry who maybe not totally ready for a starting job.
Cuddyer 33, hit . 284 with 20 bombs and 70 rbi’s last season and is a career .272 hitter with pop. Listen in a perfect world I would trade for David Wright. But the Mets are going to want Hamels for him not Dom Brown and a couple of other prospects. Maybe Aramis Ramirez? Now with this “budget” thing going on Cuddyer actual fits even more. I sound spoiled. I love it!