Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 11/11/11
The Philadelphia Phillies have reached a contract agreement with free-agent closer Jonathan Papelbon, pending a physical, according to multiple sources including Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Papelbon, who will turn 31 in late November, averaged 36 saves a year for the Boston Red Sox over the last six seasons. He leaves Boston as the greatest closer in Red Sox history, having saved 219 games over seven seasons and seven more in the postseason. Papelbon turned down the opportunity to sign a long-term contract with the Red Sox, going year to year with the goal of striking it big in free agency. Papelbon will replace Ryan Madson as closer. Madson is a free agent.Salisbury reports that Papelbon will receive a four-year contract.  Photo Credit: Getty Images
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