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Could Madson end up back in Philadelphia?

(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

When Ruben Amaro offered arbitration to Ryan Madson last month, he did not think Madson would still be jobless by the winter meetings.

Well that’s the case now and it could wind up hurting the Phillies.

Amaro offered arbitration because he knew he would get a nice compensation from whatever team signed him. High draft picks means good prospects and with the Phillies getting older, that’s a plus.

It’s still unlikely Madson accepts arbitration because it would lock him up for one year as the set up man for the Phillies new closer, Jonathan Papelbon, lessening his value as a closer for next off season.

But Madson could also pitch in a familiar environment for a year and become available next season when guys like Papelbon and former San Diego closer Heath Bell aren’t on the market as well.

But what if he does? It could hand cuff the Phillies in a way Amaro didn’t even think about.

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Guest Post: An early look at the 2012 Phillies

By Chad Flood
Special to TTB

Chad Flood is a regular poster on the Dave Matthews Ban fan forum, Flood is an avid poster in the sports forums, mainly the Philadelphia Phillies thread. He’s just another fan like the rest of us who wants to talk about his beloved Fightin’ Phils.

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

Just because the 2011 edition of the Philadelphia Phillies are in the midst of another successful campaign — one that will hopefully take us on a journey into the early days of November — doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to consider the future of our Fightins.

Much has been discussed in recent weeks about what may happen next season, with a couple big name players slotted to enter the free agent pool.

In a recent interview with 97.5 The Fanatic, Jimmy Rollins made it clear that he didn’t believe in the mythical “hometown discount” (going so far as to suggest he’ll be looking for a 5-year deal), and Cole Hamels is throwing his way to a nice paycheck for next year and beyond. Thanks to the good folks over at Cot’s Baseball Contracts, we can start to formulate a vision for next season.

At the moment, 11 current players are guaranteed a combined $112,903,000 in 2012:

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Phils Can’t Hold Lead; Lose in 10th

The Phillies squandered a 5-3 lead and then lost in the tenth inning to a score of 6-5, snapping their two-game winning streak.

Joe Blanton once again was bad, only going five innings and allowing five runs on 11 hits, striking out three. The Padres homered twice off of Blanton, a two-run shot by Adrian Gonzalez in the first and a solo shot by Nick Hundley in the fifth that tied the game up at five runs apiece.

Placido Polanco had himself a 3-for-5 day with two RBIs and Brian Schneider reached base three times, doubling once. Gonzalez had a monster day for San Diego, going 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.

The Phillies had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth with the score at 5-5. After Schneider walked with two outs, Ben Francisco pinch-hit and looped a single just out of the read of second baseman David Eckstein to put runners on the corners. Carlos Ruiz then pinch-hit with runners on second and third (pinch-runner Wilson Valdez got to second on defensive indifference) but grounded out to end the threat.

The in the top of the 10th, Chase Headley led-off with a base hit. He then reached second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a ground out. After intentionally walking Tony Gwynn, Jr., Danys Baez gave up an RBI infield single to Oscar Salazar to make it a 6-5 Padres lead.

With one out in the bottom half, Polanco walked to set-up Chase Utley. Utley hit a blooper into centerfield. Polanco rounded second and headed towards third but Gwynn, Jr. threw Polanco out for the second out, leaving Utley on first. Ryan Howard followed-up with a base-hit to set-up runners on the corners again with two outs. Jayson Werth stepped up to the plate and struck out swinging to end the game.

Doubles: Schneider (1).

WP: M. Adams (1-1). LP: Baez (2-2). S: H. Bell (15).