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Red Sox Free Agency 2011: Sox Still Considering Ryan Madson

With the Boston Red Sox considering whether to convert relief pitcher Daniel Bard into a starter, the team continues to show interest in former Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson, Sports Illustrated reporter Jon Heyman tweeted on Wednesday.

Madson, 31, was 4-2 last year for the Phillies with 32 saves and a 2.37 ERA. 

The Red Sox have been looking to fill their closer position since Jonathan Papelbon left to sign with the Phillies earlier this offseason. The team had not ruled out Bard from contention for the role, but earlier this week Bard requested the opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

General manager told the Boston Globe the team has not made a decision on Bard.

"We're still talking about it," general manager Ben Cherington said. "There's always the chance that isn't determined now, but later on or in spring training. We certainly want to give Daniel a chance to prepare for spring training in the right way, and so we'll figure that out."    

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