It appears as if the Phillies could have their closer opening filled soon.

According to baseball sources, the Phillies are in active negotiations with free agents Ryan Madson and Jonathan Papelbon and could have a deal with one of them in the coming days.

Madson and Papelbon are both hard-throwing righthanders. While Madson came into his own as a closer with 32 saves for the Phillies in 2011, Papelbon has had a longer run of success as a closer, averaging 36 saves for the Boston Red Sox over the last six seasons.