Papelbon To Leave The Sox

By The Associated Press

Nov. 11, 2011


Everyone's favorite closer with nerves of steel and a theatrical streak is off to entertain Phillies fans, a source says. (Paul Keleher/Wikimedia)

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Phillies and closer Jonathan Papelbon have agreed to a $50 million, four-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Papelbon, who turns 30 on Nov. 23, had 219 saves over seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox, including 31 this year, when he made $12 million.

Ryan Madson's agent and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. were close to a $44 million, four-year deal on Monday, but Amaro told Madson agent Scott Boras the following day that team president Dave Montgomery wouldn't approve the deal.

The agreement was first reported by
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Papelbon's famous dance after the Sox tied up the 2007 American League championship.

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