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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: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:29 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Are the powerful Red Sox throwing in the towel when it comes to being a "Big Market" team? I know that Papelbon is no shut down evry game closer, but to let the Phillies grab him up seems to show a little submission on their part. Maybe the Sox can grab Madson Congrats to the Phillies and to Papeldork on the contract.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:25 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

serious question: who thinks the phillies are permanantley a big spending team now with the yanks and bosox? ?? or will they stop spending big bucks after these next 2 years??

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:23 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Wrong crfannies I have been a Sox fan since 1966, a Bruins fan since 1965, a Pats fan since 1970. Again, you are a lunatic and you prove it all the time with your nonsense. Enjoy your Yankees.....and leave us all alone with your vomit.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:06 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Paplebon deserved this contract!  However, he deserved it from The Redsox.  I read an article in the Boston Globe regarding the Sox not offering Ortiz a contract in the exclusive period that they had after The World Series.  Ortiz wasn't happy but the Sox know that they can sit back with Ortiz who's limited as a DH.  Carlos Beltran may be a better alternative for Boston because if he's in the field then The Sox can use Youk or Gonzalez at DH to give them a breather.  But back to Paplebon - Cherington said he would like to re sign him but a friend of mine at The Globe said The Sox wouldn't sign him.  He also mentioned that The Sox will make more moves and try to trade some players and change the makeup of this team after the historic collapse.  He also mentioned that The Sox are interested in trading for Hanley Ramirez!  He needs a change of scenery but what would be the asking price for him?  I know he had a bad year last year but he's young enough to rebound. 

It will be extremely difficult for The Sox to replace Paplebon.  I know he wasn't perfect and didn't have a lot of clean innings but overall he did get the job done.  We'll have to wait and see what direction The Sox take going forward.  I wonder if Cherington's other priorities got in way of dealing with Paplebon.  Either way the next closer will have big shoes to fill.  But they have no choice but to move on.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:50 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

The past is nice, but I'm not sorry to see Papelbon go. $50 million over 4 years for a guy who pitches 1 inning every other game or so, and doesn't even do THAT without giving everyone heartburn? Papelbon hasn't been lights out in years and he's not going to get any better. The Phillies were suckers to give him that kind of scratch. Move on to Daniel Bard or find a cheaper option.

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:34 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

could the sox not afford 4 years at 50? i think they could... did they not want to?? is bard our new closer? if papi signs with the yanks im ending it all

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:20 pm
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:13 pm
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:08 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

Hate to say I called it, but you can look at recent Bo Sox articles and I predicted this. The Red Sox and there run is coming to end. I know they have Pedroia,Ellsbury,Gonzalez...but they have no starting pitching, and a questionable bullpen. Without pitching in the Bigs, your not going to win anything..especially in the AL East. Another victory for the Rays,Orioles & Blue Jays.

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:02 pm

Phillies reach agreement with Papelbon

i guess your world didnt exist more than 10 years ago....i like how you define that we can only talk about the last 10 years....
Were you not talking specifically about the money the Phillies are spending and how at least the Yankees have something to show for their spending?

Thought so. Now, go back and look at when the Yankees started their "spending spree."  (2000, 20001?) Take a look at the rosters from the 2000 World Series Championship team and before. (modern era please) Then get back to me.

I'm pretty sure you will recognize that SINCE they have started paying out their a@@ for these FA players, they haven't had much to show for it. One title! 

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