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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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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...
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...
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...
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. [...]
Jonathan Papelbon has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies pending a physical, a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN.com senior writer Jayson Stark on Friday.
Jim Salisbury is reporting on Twitter that…
The Phils and Papelbon have reached agreement sources tell CSNPhilly.com. Pending physical.
My initial reaction is… it better be for less than 4 years, $44 million, because I would have greatly preferred to retain Madson.
Papelbon was extremely dominant his first 4 years as a closer, but somewhat shaky the last two.
On the plus side...
Welcome to the Phillies, Cinco Ocho.
Jonathan Papelbon and his alter ego finalized a $50 million, four-year contract with Philadelphia on Monday. The former Boston Red Sox closer had agreed to terms with the Phillies on Friday.
The contract is the largest ever for a reliever, and it actually totals $50,000,058. The deal includes a vesting option for 2016 that could become guaranteed...
The rest of the N.L. East, that is.Jonathan Papelbon, he of the A-plus stuff, advancing maturity, and celebratory antics, became a Philadelphia Phillie on Friday, pending a physical. Hey, don't expect me to moan and ***** every time Cinco Ocho screams like a loon after a save. I root for a team that employed Frankie Rodriguez, for crying out loud. Don't want to see it? Score...
The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly having second thoughts about their four-year, $44-million offer to reliever Ryan Madson.Multiple sources are suggesting that the Phillies are considering other options as they hold off on approval of the deal. The two sides were thought to be close on finalizing the contract Tuesday night.The deal, which includes a vesting option for a fifth...
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<span style="font-family: "Times","serif";">On Tuesday, Tim Brown of Yahoo!Sports, <span style="font-family: "Times","serif";">tweeted<span style="font-family: "Times","serif";"> the Philadelphia Phillies had come to an agreement withRyan Madson on a 4-year/$44 million contract...
The Ryan Madson signing saga is a good example of baseball people trying to make news in a slow week. What struck me odd about the early stories was the money, four years for $44 million. As a closer, why should Ryan take less average money than Rafael Soriano, the Yankees set up man. Like it or not, the Phillies are now the Yankees of the National League, and ball players are...
The Phillies are nearing a four-year deal with Ryan Madson. Here are some more notes about the team, starting with a potential teammate for the closer:
Michael Cuddyer visited the Phillies today, according to Tom Sredenschek of FOX 29 in Philadelphia (on Twitter). The Phillies are said to be pursuing the outfielder seriously.
The Phillies are still talking to free...