Phillies, Madson Agree To Contract
According to multiple sources, including Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, the Phillies and Ryan Madson have agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the club.
According to USA Today, only four relief pitchers in baseball history have been handed this much guaranteed money in one contract:
B.J. Ryan: five-year, $47 million deal from Toronto in 2006
Mariano Rivera: three-year, $45 million deal to remain a Yankee in 2008
Joe Nathan: four-year, $47 million deal with Minnesota in 2008
Francisco Cordero: four-year, $46 million deal with Cincinnati in 2008
Was Madson worth this kind of money? Do you believe in him to be an effective closer for the next four seasons? Does his lack of track record as an established closer worry you?