Ruben Amaro Jr. said last month he will have a veteran closer in the Phillies' bullpen in 2012. But which one? There are multiple reports the Phils are close to a deal with Ryan Madson, who was the team's closer this season and has been in the organization since 1998. But a source said Wednesday morning no deal is in place, although talks are ongoing. The source also said the Phillies remain in talks with free-agent closer Jonathan Papelbon. Philadelphia is prepared to move forward with either Madson or Papelbon. Madson went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 32 saves in 62 appearances this season. Papelbon went 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA and 31 saves in 63 appearances for the Red Sox.
No Phils-Madson deal yet; Papelbon also in mix
MLB.com | Nov 9