In a David Murphy story for the Daily News, Scott Boras compared Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge to Mariano Rivera and John Wetteland:
“Ryan was extraordinary [this season]. He comes into the postseason and does things — he exhibited traits and quality of being a setup guy. Obviously his velocity is of the highest order, his ability to handle pressure situations down the pennant drive and the postseason, when you add all that to the resumé, I think he’ll be highly coveted. He’s a very young guy and obviously was a very important dynamic to Philadelphia’s success.”
Translate: Let’s get Ryan a lot of money.
Madson is seeing arbitration this season, but it’s no secret Boras would want a lucrative deal for the Phillies setup man. Madson earned $1.4M last season. To compare, setup man JC Romero was awarded $12M over three years last year.
I’d consider offering Madson a similar deal to Romero, but wouldn’t care if he goes to arbitration again. He’s not necessarily Mariano Rivera.