Found November 12, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
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After all the chaos that unfolded this week for the Philadelphia Phillies, first agreeing but not agreeing with Ryan Madson, and then signing Jonathan Papelbon, there was a general consensus opinion online among Phillies fans and non-Phillies fans alike: that the team would have overpaid for either player. There are just as many critics of the Papelbon deal as there were for the Madson deal. But at the end of the day, it appears that the team was determined to sign a top of the line closer this offseason. Who would have been the better fit for them: Madson or Papelbon? Looking just at their reputations and history, Papelbon is clearly the better choice. He's been in the league for six years, all spent in Boston, and he was a closer in each season. Papelbon is used to the major market pressure cooker that he'll be faced with in Philly, as a fomer member of the Red Sox. If you're into total saves as a metric to determine how good a closer is (which I am clearly not), Pape...
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