For all the talk of building up the bat rack, the Phillies aren't losing sight of what they are: a 102-win team built on pitching. That's why they're reportedly making Ryan Madson their top priority.
Beerleaguer: How do you retool a 102-win team that lost a best-of-five series to the eventual World Series winner? Very carefully. And when it comes to the bullpen, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has decided the ninth inning isn't broken, and doesn't need to be fixed. In fact, it's one of the biggest reasons the club enjoyed record success a season ago. The Phils led all of baseball in save percentage (85.4 percent), recording 47 saves, which was tied for the second-most since 1969. For that, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels owe Madson a debt of gratitude for converting 32-of-34, helping the Phils' staff set a franchise record for wins (76).
Ask me whether I'd rather have Jimmy Rollins or Madson if I were forced to keep just one. I'd take Madson, who posted a 2.37 ERA and can still be considered as a rising star at his position. I would argue he's the valedictorian of the free agent closer class. According to Tweets from Jayson Stark and Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies agree, with Stark reporting the Phils are "working hard to re-sign Madson," which verifies what agent Scott Boras said about the state of negotiations a few days ago.
The Phils don't hit like they used to, but it sounds like they're working toward a plan, which would reportedly include Michael Cuddyer.
That said, they were the best team in baseball because of two primary reasons: the starting rotation kept runs off the board, and the bullpen held leads.