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No matter what happens between Ryan Madson and the Phillies, the fallout will be felt all the way to Fenway, where the Red Sox will suddenly have to ask a hard question: is Jonathan Papelbon worth keeping at, say, $14 million a year? The likelihood is that ownership says yes, especially since Papelbon is coming off his best season, is very much in his prime (age 31) and his reputation is intact. The right-hander was not connected to the chicken-eating, beer-drinking cult that brought down Terry Francona. But that's not to say Papelbon's return is guaranteed, especially if the Sox factor in Daniel Bard, who's completed a three-year apprenticeship as Boston's next closer. It's up to GM Ben Cherington to decide whether Bard, going into his age-27 season, is finally ready for the ninth inning. First things first: Madson's proposed deal with the Phillies will be worth an estimated $11 million per - assuming it gets finalized. That means Papelbon, a superior reli...
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