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Victorino talks upcoming free agency

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Shane Victorino talked to reporters today, clarifying his desires this upcoming off season where the 31-year-old centerfielder will be a free agent.

Victorino stressed that he doesn’t really want to play the free agent market, instead focusing on remaining a Phillie.

Yesterday, Victorino told reporters that he is looking for a five-year deal. Today, he seemed to back off on that sentiment just a little bit, showing that he’s open to flexibility on his end of the negotiations.

“I’d like to (sign a five-year deal),” Victorino said this morning. “I’m not saying this will be my last one. It might be. Who knows? What I’m saying is, why not finish it here? I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.”

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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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Werth Attempting to Lure Madson to D.C.

(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

If seeing one high profile Phillie athlete possibly leave this off season, another is almost unfathomable.

With the worries of losing Jimmy Rollins to the west coast, Ryan Madson could be packing his backs and heading to Washington D.C. if former team mate Jayson Werth successfully lures him there.

That’s right, Werth is openly selling the idea of Madson joining him in Washington, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, where he is under the illusion that good baseball is played there.

Washington is also reportedly interested in going after slugging first basemen Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder. If they miraculously land one of those studs, that could make Washington a very interesting team offensively next year.

Too bad their pitching will still be terrible despite Stephen Strasburg.

If the Phils don’t re-sign Madson, general manager Ruben Amaro said the Phils would fill the hole with a free agent and not internally. One of the top closers available is Jonathan Papelbon of Boston.

The MLB free agency period starts five days after the World Series concludes.

Howard will get surgery; What does this mean for Phils?

Phils Ryan Howard stumbles after injuring his left foot leaving the batter's box. He has a torn Achilles and will have surgery (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Ryan Howard felt it as soon as he attempted to leave the batter’s box.

The sharp pain running through his body wasn’t just the end of the Phillies season dribbling to Cardinals second baseman Nick Punto. It was the pop Howard felt in his left foot that dropped Howard halfway down the first base line, leaving him in some of the worst pain during his 8-year career.

The injury was a tear to his left Achilles and it could potentially leave Howard out of the Phillies line up at least until May or June. He will have surgery this off season once the swelling goes down and there is, “no guarantee he will be ready for Spring Training.”

If the Phillies in fact lose Howard for a very long time, there needs to be some serious thought towards filling the 35+ homers and 120+ RBIs that Howard is good for every season.

There will come a handful of times where the Phils will need production from the four-spot in a late-game situation. Howard has provided that spark a handful of times during his career.

So how do you replace that? Howard’s time off could last only a couple months, making the Phillies decision a less drastic one. But there are also risks of set-backs.

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Expect Ryan Madson to Be the Closer of the Future

Ryan Madson is finally turning the corner as the future closer for the Phillies. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2010 was a rough year for Ryan Madson. He had five blown saves in ten opportunities; he had blown his first shot at being a closer in the league, and had broken his toe by kicking a chair in frustration.

To add insult to injury, Charlie Manuel assigned Jose Contreras as the closer over Madson before this season when Brad Lidge went on the DL.

The media suggested that Madson did not have the “closer’s mentality” necessary to be a closer in the league, which is why Manuel picked Contreras instead of Madson.

The 2011 season has been a complete turnaround for Madson. In just the month of May, he already has just as many saves (5) as he did last year. He has a WHIP of .93 and an even lower ERA (.60). He has 18 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched, and he has given up one run so far this season on just nine hits. Read more of this post