Phillies and Boras at odds over Ryan Madson
Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and Uber agent Scott Boras are at odds right now.
Both men have disagreed on what led then-Phillies closer Ryan Madson to sign a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. He signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the team.
However, months prior in November, Madson thought he was close to re-singing with the Phillies. The Phillies were reportedly close to signing Madson to a four-year, $44 million deal.
Boras thought that the two teams had agreed to a deal, but the Phillies disagree. As a result, the Phillies eventually signed former Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal.
“There’s no reason for me to get into a public debate with Scott on this,” said Amaro. “I have no desire to do that. All I can tell you is, there was never an agreement, and we decided that we wanted to sign someone with the experience and the ability of Jonathan Papelbon. So we went that route. There’s no question we had discussions with Ryan about bringing him back. We had several discussions about it. But no agreement was made. If we had come to an agreement, we would have signed him.”
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