It's no secret that Ryan Madson was a key part of the Phillies success the past couple of seasons, posting twin ERAs of 3.05 in both 2007 and 2008. It's also no secret that the Phillies haven't always had the best of relationships with Madson's agent, Scott Boras and that most of Boras' clients wind up testing the free agent market.
All of that kept it from being a huge surprise when Ryan Madson turned down the Phillies three-year, $12 million deal late last week. The surprise came on Monday, when Madson and Boras told the Phillies that they had reconsidered and would sign the deal, with a few incentive clauses added.
The deal buys out Madson's last year of arbitration and first two years of free agency. It will provide him with a substantial raise over the $1.4 million he earned last season with the Phillies.