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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
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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:07 pm
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Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

He's a superb closer, but you better hope your team does well enough that the entire season isn't on his shoulders when the time comes.  Good luck to Pap and the Phillies.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Anti-Moneyball is still alive.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:24 pm
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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

who would try and have 2 accts.
It has been known to happen.  As to why I think it might be so in this instance, check my original post--from around 6:30 or 7:00, I think.

And if you were originally addressing starblazer, why did you not think it remarkable that redwings1969' quoted that post of yours and then treated it as being directed at him (i.e., redwings1969)?  At least if they're two different people?


TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:12 pm
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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:49 pm
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Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Closers are overrated and overpaid.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Brian8ball, I'm not about to try to moderate or involve myself in your dispute with him/them (although I will note that the private note you apparently quote from has a much different tone than most redwings1969 or starblazer posts I've seen).

As indicated in my previous post, my interest at the moment is simply in finding out whether they're one person or two, something which I would think should interest you as well but which your post doesn't seem to address.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

As a Yankees fan I'm gonna miss Papelbum not blowing games up to have the Red Suxs get their ass beaten. I'm sure whoever steps up for them will suck twice as hard now.


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