After the Philadelphia Phillies deal with Ryan Madson seems to have fallen apart, the Phillies are now turning their attention to Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.
The proposed deal with Madson, the Phillies closer last season, has fallen apart and appears to be on his way out of Philadelphia.
The Phillies brass is debating whether or not to keep madson or sign Papelbon. Reports have said the Papelbon's asking price is not that much higher than Madson's price and Papelbon is a better closer than Madson.
Papelbon in six seasons as a closer has 219 saves compared to Madson's 52 saves. Papelbon also has a lower ERA than Madson, 2.33 for Papelbon and 3.59 for Madson.
Seth and Sam Levinson, Papelbon's agents, have had "extensive negotiations" with the Phillies minutes after the free agent season started.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Florida, soon to be Miami, Marlins are also interested in Papelbon's services.