Free agent Ryan Madson wants to stay in closer's role

Posted: November 06, 2012

If Ryan Madson and his agent, Scott Boras, get their way, the veteran reliever will not return to the Phillies in 2013.

Boras said Sunday that Madson wants to remain a closer and that "a lot of teams have already expressed interest" in him in that role.

That, of course, would erase Madson from the Phillies' plans because they already have Jonathan Papelbon in the closer's spot.

Madson, 32, converted 32 of 34 saves in his only full season as the Phillies' closer in 2011 and hoped to cash in as a free agent last offseason. After the Phillies signed Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal, Madson settled for a one-year deal worth $6 million with Cincinnati. He never threw a pitch for the Reds, however, because of an elbow injury that required reconstructive surgery.

Cincinnati declined Madson's $11 million option last week.

The Phillies are expected to pursue a veteran reliever who could serve as Papelbon's setup man in 2013 after finishing last season with the second-worst eighth-inning earned run average in baseball.

The other Boras client who could interest the Phillies is Atlanta centerfielder Michael Bourn, who could be seeking a five- or six-year deal in the $80 million to $100 million range. Boras, who is based in Southern California, said he would attend the general managers meetings that begin Wednesday in Indian Wells, Calif.

R-Phils changing name. After 46 years as the Reading Phillies, Philadelphia's double-A affiliate is changing its name, according to an article in Sunday's Reading Eagle.

"We've come to realize we want our fans to be able to have their own brand," general manager Scott Hunsicker told the newspaper. "We want to be able to celebrate our association with the Philadelphia Phillies, yet at the same time give our fans their own name so that they can wave their flag even more proudly as fans of the Reading franchise."

Reading will unveil its new name, team logo, and uniform Nov. 17.


Contact Bob Brookover at bbrookover@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @brookob.

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