I didn’t know that Jonathan Papelbon was on the cusp of signing with the Phillies for $50 million until my friend Jane told me Sunday evening during the Giants game. My immediate reaction was glee. The Red Sox made it known they wanted Papelbon back. He’s gone. Theo’s gone. Terry Francona is gone. Boston still has needs in the starting rotation that aren’t being met. While Papelbon’s contribution as closer wasn’t enormous, he is still a good reliever. His departure adds to the image that Boston is currently in disarray.
My second reaction was shock. Are the Philadelphia Phillies serious? Do they actually intend to pay Jonathan Papelbon $50 million over four years? Yankee fans know all too well the dangers of signing relief pitchers not named Mariano Rivera to much of anything. Most often lefties have burned the Yankees (Damaso Marte, Pedro Feliciano) but the Bombers also picked up last year’s prized free-agent reliever for way too much money only to see Rafael Soriano hit the disabled list and struggle for much of the first half of the season.… Click here to read the rest