Madson deal on ice for now

The Phillies and closer Ryan Madson have not yet reached a contract extension. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

There are two sides to every story and some stories are even more geometrically confusing than that.

The curious case of Ryan Madson is one of those stories with more than two sides.

It appeared on Tuesday as if the Phillies and their free-agent closer were nearing a deal that would keep Madson in red pinstripes through at least the 2015 season.

By Wednesday morning, there was no telling if a deal between Madson and the Phillies will ever get done.

According to a baseball source, the two sides spent three days talking about a four-year contract, then hammered out the financial details Monday on a contract that Madson was ready to sign. The deal was worth $44 million with a fifth-year option of $13 million according to multiple reports.

All that needed to be done and still needs to be done, according to the baseball source, is for Phillies president David Montgomery to approve the deal.

An attempt to reach Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was unsuccessful, but another source with knowledge of the situation indicated that there may have been some miscommunication between the two sides.

It will be interesting to see if the two sides can get back on track and get a deal done. In the meantime, has reported that the Phillies have also had conversations with free-agent closer Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox.

Stay tuned.

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