Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies agree on four-year contract

Jonathan Papelbon and the Phillies have agreed on a four-year contract, MLB.com confirmed on Friday. The deal, pending a physical, reportedly is worth close to $50 million.

Papelbon, 31 later this month, has saved 219 games over the past six seasons for the Red Sox, after breaking in as a starter in 2005. He is a four-time All-Star and was Boston’s closer in its 2007 World Series-championship season. He had 31 saves and a 2.94 ERA in 63 games this past season, after which he gained free agency.

The Phillies have not commented on or confirmed the signing. The deal includes a fifth-year vesting option. CSN Philadelphia initially reported the value of the contract.

via Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies agree on four-year contract | MLB.com: News.

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