Ruben Amaro was pretty blunt about it. If the Phillies and Ryan Madson can't agree on a new deal, the general manager said he'll likely look outside the organization to find a closer since he isn't "comfortable" with the team's internal options.

If Madson walks, one of the names mentioned by various hardball heads as a potential replacement is Twins closer Joe Nathan. On Tuesday, Minnesota decided to buy out Nathan for $2 million rather than pay the $12.5 million he would have been owed next season. In the same way the Phillies might try to re-sign Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge for less money after buying them out of their respective contracts, it's been reported that the Twins want to retain Nathan after reworking his deal.