Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson just signed a deal with the Reds for $8.5 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a little more. Earlier this offseason the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to be their closer for $50 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a lot more.
Now, to be clear, I think Papelbon is the better pitcher and the better bet to have a better 2012 season. But they’re not so different that it justifies a three-year $42 million difference in their contracts. Someone here is a sucker. Maybe Madson for not signing someplace earlier. Maybe the Phillies for totally misreading the closer market. Hard to say.
So you say. Here’s a poll. Vote early and often. Assuming the poll lets you. Not sure it does: