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Your Morning Dump...Where we try to figure out the closer situation

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. But with Papelbon agreeing to a new, rich deal with the Phillies on Friday, the scrutiny on Bard next spring will be intense. Even though the Red Sox likely will try to bring in another closer via...

Who is the Best Replacement for Jonathan Papelbon as Red Sox Closer?

Jonathan Papelbon set the market price for a crowded field of free-agent closers when he inked a reported four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies. Of the rest of the free agents at the position, none are expected to match Papelbon's $12.5 million annual salary, the second-highest ever for a closer. Heath Bell doesn't boast Papelbon's body of work. Ryan Madson became...

Terry Francona Hoping to Reunite With Theo Epstein, Make History Once Again

There's no doubt that somewhere in the decision-making process for Theo Epstein, the 37-year-old must have been thinking about how he'd be remembered if he rescued two of baseball's most historically cursed franchises and brought them to World Series glory. And he's not alone. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona wants in, too, telling the Chicago Tribune that he...

Papelbon Signs 4+ Year Deal With the Phillies

It's official, Jonathan Papelbon is no longer a member of the Red Sox.  Pap signed a 4 year deal with a 5th year option with the Phillies worth close to $50 million.  The Sox now have to decide if they will go with Bard or obtain a new closer via trade or the free agent market. Papelbon has spent his entire major league career in Boston beginning in 2005.  He has a career...

Phillies Sign Former Boston Closer Jonathan Papelbon

On Friday night, the Phillies made their first major move of the offseason, signing free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year contract worth about $50 million. The 30-year old was 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA and made 31 saves in 34 opportunities. In his career, he has an ERA of 2.33 with 219 saves. [...]


With Jonathan Papelbon shipping down to Philly, the Red Sox must find a replacement for their closer of the past...

Bard. Daniel Bard.

As you glance at Bard's 2011, try to ignore September. Then it's not too bad.I'm actually willing to gamble on Bard as the closer. But I'd feel better knowing he was the guy (as would he, I suspect). No plan has emerged yet.And any plan is fine -- except, please, anything anything anything but "closer by committee."

Source: Papelbon, Phillies agree to record deal

Jonathan Papelbon has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies pending a physical, a source familiar with the negotiations told senior writer Jayson Stark on Friday.

Papelbon Signing Swallows Up Important Flexibility

Ruben Amaro likes to act fast. Really fast.Ruben and the Phils inked closer Jonathan Papelbon today for a contract in the neighborhood of 4 years/$50 million pending a physical. The deal is $6 million more than the rumored deal Ryan Madson was offered.Papelbon has been an exceptional closer for six seasons with the hated Red Sox, posting a 2.33 ERA, averaging over a strikeout an...

Lamont last to interview for Red Sox manager gig

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox are interviewing Gene Lamont for their managerial opening.

Report: Papelbon to Phillies

98.5 The Sports Hub is reporting that closer Jonathan Papelbon has agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The deal, stated to be four years and approaching $50 million mark, pending a physical.This is bad news for the Boston Red Sox. This was one of the more enjoyable players to root for in a Red Sox uniform. He was colorful, and did his job well. Papelbon had 31 saves...

East Notes: Sizemore, Mets, Phillies

Some notes to pass along from the AL and NL East ... The Red Sox have contacted free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore, tweets Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald, and they are not thought to have spoken to free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. Both players remain a long shot for Boston, according to Silverman, until the Red Sox figure out whether they want to re-sign David...

Phillies Shock MLB & Sign Former Red Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon

So I am in my car writing an article about the comparison of Madson and Papelbon. I heard a rumor earlier in the day that the Phils were looking at both. I start walking back to work checking out twitter. Phillytugger! Self plug. I think I can do that? Then, BOOM. The Phils have [...]

Red Sox interview Jays first-base coach Lovullo

Toronto Blue Jays first-base coach Torey Lovullo was the latest candidate to interview for the vacant managerial job with the Boston Red Sox Friday at Fenway Park.
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