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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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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

What about BRIAN WILSON
I don't know, b8b.  What about him?  Is he a free agent too, or something? 

If he's not a free agent this year, then it seems to me he has even less to do with this discussion than Rivera does. 
Now, if Wilson were a free agent, I suppose he might very well reasonably expect to make as much as Papelbon if not more.  But apparently that's not the situation, and if the market's changed since he signed his last contract, well, that's one of the risks if you sign long-term.  So he's a red herring, too. 
But, if it's any comfort, it may be that by the time Papelbon's new contract is up, his salary in its turn will have been overtaken as well.  Life marches on.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

It [bringing up Rivera] makes sense when you look at the amount of money the Phillies are putting out for him. Rivera WAS the highest paid closer prior to this signing.
Oh, no doubt the closer market has adjusted upward somewhat since the time Rivera signed his contract, but that's the way of the world, NESportsouth.  Were you expecting salaries to stay just where they were in the past?  So your argument on this point seems to do little to prove that the Phillies shouldn't have signed Papelbon.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

I really don't care what you have to say
For not caring what I have to say, you sure waste a lot of time replying to it, eh? 
the Phils have won 1 WS ,
Why are you changing the subject, b8b?  Trying to divert attention from the fact that you messed up in saying that all the division races this year went down to the wire?  Or just don't have the guts to admit you were wrong about that?  Whom do you think that will impress?
Anyway, you've got your facts wrong again.  The Phils have won two World Series.  (Wish we had more, but facts are facts.  Except to you, I guess.)
and The Eagles have never won anything
Ho, hum.  More diversions and more wrong facts.  Why are you changing the subject again?  Anyway, the Eagles have won at least three NFL titles, though the last was before Super Bowl days, unfortunately.  Really, you should look this stuff up before you write incorrect info.  Hurts other posters' confidence in what you say, you know?

So, finally, tell us again, b8b, how many of the baseball division races went down to the wire this year?  All six, as you stated yesterday, or some significantly smaller number--like zero, maybe?


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 5:03 pm
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Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

You heard wrong.  You're thinking of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey.  You actually got a guy who gives a crap. 



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:35 am
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Whoever said he was?  (And neither is Madson.)  And why are you talking about Rivera at all?  You're the second poster here who has used the fact that Papelbon's not Rivera as some kind of argument against signing him.  Really, does that make any sense?

It makes sense when you look at the amount of money the Phillies are putting out for him. Rivera WAS the highest paid closer prior to this signing. Mo is the only other closer you can compare Papelbon to from a $ value. Skill wise there is no comparison.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:30 am
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Better add a beer keg in the bullpen... I hear its a requirement of Papelbon's.. 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:49 am
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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 1:52 am
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Argo is like redwings1969 they know everything

b8b, I couldn't say about redwings1969, but for myself, I have to plead innocent to knowing everything.  Thanks for the compliment, though.

However, there is at least one topic on which I apparently do know a little more than you.  See my 1:28 post on the "Lots of money" thread, in response to your strange assertion that all of the baseball division races this year--not just the wild cards--went down to the wire.




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 1:42 am
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

He is no where near the class of a Mo Rivera

Whoever said he was?  (And neither is Madson.)  And why are you talking about Rivera at all?  You're the second poster here who has used the fact that Papelbon's not Rivera as some kind of argument against signing him.  Really, does that make any sense?


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