With the Winter Meetings just a week away, rumours around the baseball world will once again be upon us after a small break due to American Thanksgiving.

We will all be hearing the names Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, Edwin Jackson and Kyle Lohse over the next week or so, but one player that teams have looked at as a potential wild card is reliever Ryan Madson, who Drew wrote about last week.

Madson, who wants to close out games with the team he signs with this off season, missed the entire 2012 season with an elbow injury after signing a one-year deal worth $8.5 million with the Cincinnati Reds. He underwent Tommy John surgery, and is expected to be fully recovered to start the 2013 campaign. The Phillies had been the one team rumoured to have interest in the right-hander, but it appears we won’t see a reunion anytime soon.

The idea of a return to Philadelphia has been a surprise to some, especially when you look back to the war of words that occurred between Madson’s agent, Scott Boras and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. last year. Boras and Madson thought they had struck a deal with Philly last off season, to the tune of  four-years and $44 million, but it didn’t happen.

From Boras:

“It’s very simple, “We never rejected any offer from Philadelphia at four years and $44 million. We advised Philadelphia that we would agree to such a proposal. And Philadelphia decided upon hearing that to go in a different direction.”

In which Amaro Jr. replied:

“There’s no question we had discussions with Ryan about bringing him back. We had several discussions about it. But no agreement was made. If we had come to an agreement, we would have signed him. ”

In the 2011 season for the Philadelphia Phillies, he recorded 32 saves in 60.2 innings with a 2.37 ERA, 2.25 FIP and 2.94 xFIP. He would potentially join an Angels bullpen that record 38 saves last season, with 23 going to Ernesto Frieri.