Madson, Cuddyer Talks
Ruben Amaro Jr. said he planned to be aggressive this offseason.
He is showing it.
MLB.com’s Jim Duquette reported tonight the Phillies are working on a four-year, $44 million contract with closer Ryan Madson, although there is no indication a deal is near. Sources said Monday talks between the Phillies and Madson had picked up.
The Phillies also have been interested in closer Jonathan Papelbon. They could continue to push forward with Papelbon, putting them in position to choose between Madson or Papelbon based on who can come to an agreement first.
Free agent Michael Cuddyer was in Philadelphia today for a meet-and-greet with Phillies officials, a source said. Cuddyer, who spends his offseasons in Virginia, was back at the airport this evening. Cuddyer’s presence in town doesn’t mean a deal will or will not happen, but it’s clear the Phillies have targeted him.
The Phillies have made resigning Madson and Jimmy Rollins their top two offseason priorities. Locking up Madson would solidify a bullpen that only has one veteran arm: Jose Contreras, who is recovering from elbow surgery. The Phillies like Cuddyer because he is a high-character guy and a right-handed bat that plays the corner infield and outfield positions. He could play first base with Jim Thome (although it’s unclear how much first base Thome could play) while Ryan Howard recovers from left Achilles surgery, and move to left field after that.