According to reports from Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown, the Philadelphia Phillies are close to re-signing right-handed reliever Ryan Madson, who is currently a free agent. Brown believes the deal would be something close to four years for $44 million with a fifth year option for $13 million.
The 31-year-old Madson became the team's closer this past season, when he went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA with previous closer Brad Lidge on the shelf with an injury for large portions of the season. Madson recorded 32 saves on the campaign.
Madson has been with the Phillies his entire professional career, being drafted in the ninth round of the 1998 draft and making his MLB debut in 2003. Since then, he has gone 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA in 491 appearances, all but 18 of them coming out of hte bullpen.
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