DALLAS -- Agent Scott Boras said that client Ryan Madson, the top remaining free agent closer on the market, will decline the Phillies' offer of salary arbitration and pursue the free agent market. Though several teams that were already in the closer market have already moved to acquire players to fill that need, Boras insisted that Madson -- a 31-year-old who had a 2.37 ERA and 32 saves for the Phillies last year, his first season as a closer -- still has a market.
"I think a lot of teams have made movements in a direction to get a back-end guy, but I don’t think there’s many closers available like Ryan Madson at his age and such," said Boras. "There’s still, I think, a grand need for that type of player, particularly if you intend to be a postseason club."
Asked if he felt that the number of options was dwindling, Boras quipped, "I’m kind of in the musical chairs game. I kind of find that I only need one chair."
Boras said that his other closing client who could potentially be of interest to the Red Sox, Francisco Rodriguez, is still weighing whether to accept the Brewers' offer of salary arbitration (something that would result in more money but a setup role) or pursue his free agency. Rodriguez has until midnight EST to make his decision.
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