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Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 3:44 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Jonathan Papelbon is going to be changing organizations for the first time in his professional career. He has agreed in principle to sign with the Phillies for a four-year contract that approaches $50 million, pending a physical, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. The deal was first reported by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Phillies had agreed to a deal with incumbent closer Ryan Madson, but that situation fell apart, and several reports later this past week indicated the deal was never fully agreed upon and that the earlier reports jumped the gun. And when things started to fall apart, the Phillies shifted their focus to Papelbon.

Papelbon, 30, is a four-time All-Star and a much more established closer, with 219 career saves (to Madson's 52). The two pitchers are very similar in age (Papelbon is just under two months younger), but, again, Papelbon has a lot more experience as the ninth-inning guy.

Last season, Papelbon saved 31 of 34 chances with a 2.94 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings. A move to the NL should help a bit, though the NL East should prove to be pretty tough next season.

As for Madson, he's left looking elsewhere, as he's surely looking for a closer's job and several teams are seeking an established closer. 

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Comments

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Report: Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Phillies are the new Yankees!!!



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Report: Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

phillies are ruining baseball!!!!



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Report: Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

I can't wait for the Phils fans to defend this when people start talking about their massive payroll.  All I hear is that the Phillies don't buy their teams and that all of their players are home grown. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Report: Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Wow!  This one caught me completely off-guard, but I guess it shouldn't have.  He's wanted a contract extension for a while and the Sox kept delaying it.  Hate seeing him go, but he should have great success in Philly.  Thanks for the memories, Paps!


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