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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 The deal was first reported by Jim Salisbury of

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: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:32 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Well, we'll make the playoffs next year without Howard, and Utley was a top 2nd, now he's average and getting worse.   Why? Because we have three of the top 10 starting pitchers in the NL.  However, to make any noise in the playoffs we need to address a lineup that has disappeared the two years.  Amaro's great at throwing huge chunks of money at blue chip pitchers, but he hasnt done anything with the hitting and our bench is awful.  Maybe they need a 350 million dollar payroll and another GM to sign hitters.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:03 pm
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Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:56 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Ok I hear you gopack10. Well I was one of those Phillies fans who never complained about Yanks and Red Sox organizations for spending the money. If you have it then spend it. I just don't like the Yanks and Red Sox fans haha, so yes i've complained about that aspect of those teams. But I've respected the way their organizations have run things.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:54 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

redwings1969, no offense meant, but--are you two different posters? The Brian8ball post which you indicate is attacking you is (at least to judge from your 4:37 p.m. quote) actually addressed to starblazer, another regular poster here.

Actually, I generally appreciate your posts and starblazer's (although I don't always agree with them), so as I say, no offense intended. But it would be sort of nice to know how many people I'm dealing with here.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:50 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

nice to see the phillies spend and waste more money

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:46 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

if it wasnt for howard we wouldnt make the playoffs and utley is top 3 second baseman in league so dont blame it on him

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:36 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

at least the yankees have 27 championships to show for their spending...
crfunny, based on many of your prior posts I've always known you were pretty dumb, but I had no idea you were so young.  Can you really be so young as not to know that the Philies weren't spending a whole lot of money during the time when the Yanks won 26 of those 27 championships?  So what is your point about the Phillies and their spending?

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:34 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Sorry, but unless the Phils are going into luxury tax territory this move makes no sense.  Ruben $ Amaro proves yet again when it comes to writing checks someone else needs to cover he's the man, but does this really solve any of the meaningful problems the Phillies faced?  Was our bullpen an issue at all in the last two series that ended our year?  I would argue it was not and while locking up a good closer is nice, it isnt going to help at all if we cant score in the playoffs.  This move fails to address glaring needs at 3B, a corner OF spot, and SS.  It also fails to address our need for a real lead off hitter, another hitter in the middle of the lineup, and how you get a fat 1B to hit good pitching.  Amaro can sign all the pitching help he wants, but if we roll into the playoffs again next year counting on Utley, Howard, and Polanco to produce runs we're going to be one and done again.

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:29 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

This is a big signing for the Phillies taking into account Madsen was negotiating similar money but came up empty. Another poster nailed it stating Madsen will be closing for a subpar team and adding t that may not sniff that $11mm per year. Hard to think the Rd Sox were caught sleeping. They're going to turn this roster over

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:29 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

FIFTY MILLION!!?????  I agree with Negator

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