Why signing Jonathan Papelbon was a bad deal for the Philles

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Four years and 50 million very big, very large dollars were showered upon Jonathan Papelbon to bring his hard throwing, jig dancing self to Philly to nail down the closer role and provide a little stability that hasn’t quite been present the last two years. Philly fans will get treated to 35-40 saves, odds are they’ll see him do the dance whether they like it or not. They’ll also sit there wondering how the hell they paid $10m for they guy.

Give Papelbon a lead and he can usually protect it. That’s not the tag you hang on most $10m closers. I’ve watched Paps from AAA until now, and he was a decent starter, but he’s a better closer. For awhile he looked like he was going to be a great closer. His numbers say he’s elite – he piles up saves with a high of 41 in 2008, but…

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