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Phillies now less attracted to Ryan Madson?

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Phillies were one of the teams in attendance when their former reliever Ryan Madson held a throwing session. Madson, who hasn't played in professional baseball since 2011, is coming off an injury-riddled phase of his career that has robbed him of the last two years.

Having signed deals with both the Reds and Angels in that time, Madson hasn't thrown a pitch in any uniform but the Phillies' due to right elbow surgery. Trying to find his way back to the mound in 2013 has been a process.

But as he hit 93 mph on the gun during his session, teams were impressed. Even Ruben Amaro thinks it's likely that Madson will get a deal. Just not with the Phillies.

Todd Zolecki theorizes that the mere fact that Amaro has commented on the issue means his interest is not strong. The other factor in play, however, is the deal Madson is seeking.

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  • From a team perspective, they will be wary of forking over significant money to a pitcher who hasn't thrown in two years. And Madson, while looking out for his best interests, won't have the luxury of pickiness. Yet, the 33-year-old Scott Boras client is hoping for a guaranteed Major League deal, which is likely a bit too rich for the Phillies' blood.

    Madson has thrown 630 innings for the Phillies since 2003, registering a 3.59 ERA and 1.294 WHIP with 547 strikeouts and 191 walks.

    Justin Klugh
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