The Boston Red Sox are planning to try setup man Daniel Bard in the starting rotation next season. They have already lost super-closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies via free agency.
So that leaves a pretty big gaping hole at the back end of the Sox bullpen, doesn't it? CBS Sports reports that the Red Sox are "still eyeing" former Phillies closer Ryan Madson to help fill that gap.
The 31-year-old Madson has spent his nine-year career with the Phils as a setup man until last season when he took over the closing duties. In 34 opportunities, Madson saved 32 games last season, striking out 62 in 60.2 innings pitched. His ERA in 2011 was 2.37, significantly down from his career average of 3.59, though his ERA hasn't come close to being that high in years.