But Boras, on then other hand, is a weird dude, with a very weird way of dealing with his clients. He never contacts a team and makes an offer. Instead, he provides each team with a portfolio of each player he is representing, which explains why a team should sign him. No numbers are given or even suggested, just a hard sell job on how special each player is.
Then he waits. He does nothing, but waits for teams to contact him and say, okay, we want to sign this player, and here is what we want to offer. If that deal is acceptable to Boras, a contract is drawn up and a a deal is finalized usually that day. if it is not acceptable, he doesn't even bother saying no, he just doesn't respond. He'll never tell the team how far they are off, or what type of deal he is looking for. He just waits until he gets a deal he likes.
This is why his clients are always the last to sign, especially the big ones. He loves using the clock to his advantage, forcing teams to bid blindly against themselves. Right now, no team has made an official offer on Fielder, or Edwin Jackson. In fact, it was reported the other day that Fielder amd Boras took a tour of Camden Yards, but never actually met with Oriole officials. That is how he works.
So it's no big deal that the Reds or any other team hasn't put in an offer for Madson. They are just playing the waiting game that Boras always plays.