Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies Agree To Deal, According To Report

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 31: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the 9th inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on July 31, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Red Sox defeated the White Sox 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon has come to terms with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sports Philadelphia.

Free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon has come to terms with the Philadelphia Philliesaccording to Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sports Philadelphia

Sources tell Salisbury that Papelbon's contract will approach $50 million for four years, pending a physical. The soon-to-be 31-year old closer has compiled a 2.33 ERA and 219 saves during seven big league seasons, all spent in Boston. He posted a 2.94 ERA and 31 saves during the 2011 season.

The Phillies had reportedly been very close to retaining closer Ryan Madson on Monday, but ESPN cited sources who said the negotiations with Madson splintered. The team had been in contact with Papelbon since the free agency period began at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 6, and their interest in Papelbon reportedly "never waned."

Because of Papelbon's status as a type A free agent, the Phillies will need to surrender their top draft pick to Boston. 

-- For more Phillies coverage, visit our team page, or our blog The Good Phight.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.