The Philadelphia Phillies are not likely to approve a four-year deal for reliever Ryan Madson, so there is a good chance the nine-year Phillies' veteran will be forced to sign elsewhere, according to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman.
Madson, 31, earned 32 saves for the Phillies this season in 62 appearances. The right-hander posted a 2.37 ERA and a 9.2 K/9 ratio while filling in for the injured Brad Lidge as the team’s closer in 2011. He committed just two blown saves.
Madson is finishing a three-year contract worth $12 million. According to Heyman, the free-agent right-hander is demanding $44 million over the next four years. The Phillies also declined the 2012 option on former closer Brad Lidge’s contract. The move saved the club $11 million by giving Lidge a $1.5 million buyout instead of $12.5 million in salary in 2012. Due to injuries, Lidge made just 25 appearances this season and recorded only one save.