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Red Sox News – Charlie Manuel: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is ‘fired up’

DALLAS — It didn’t take long for former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to make an impression on  Charlie Manuel. The Phillies manager quickly sensed how much the closer relishes his line of work, and the degree to which he suited the championship ambitions of Philadelphia. “When I first met him and talked to him, …

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Red Sox News – Joe Maddon talks Dave Martinez, Jonathan Papelbon, and, of course, Bobby Valentine

Joe Maddon held court at the baseball winter meetings. (AP) DALLAS — Speaking at the baseball winter meetings at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Rays manager Joe Maddon expressed his surprise regarding the lack of interest in Tampa Bay’s bench coach Dave Martinez in regard to open managerial positions. “I guess I was [surprised],” Maddon said. …

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Red Sox News – Why the winter trade market is unlikely to yield a closer

MILWAUKEE — While the logical focus on alternatives to Jonathan Papelbon is on the free agent market given the wealth of closers (there are three closing Francisco’s alone!) available in free agency, it is worth asking whether the trade market could prove fruitful in identifying a better option. After all, relievers available in trades are …

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Red Sox News – Source: Jonathan Papelbon headed to Phillies (as long as he passes his physical)

Jonathan Papelbon According to a major league source, free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon has agreed to a four-year deal worth $50 million with a vesting option that could advance the contract to upwards of $60 million. CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury was first to report the agreement. The deal is pending a physical, which is scheduled to take …

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This Just In – Cherington: Sox never made offer to Pap

Speaking after media session for managerial candidate Torey Lovullo at Fenway Park, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington wouldn't confirm that he knew for certain that Jonathan Papelbon had reached an agreement with the Phillies for a four-year, $50 million offer with a vesting option for a fifth year. Cherington did, however, acknowledge, that the …

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Red Sox News – Hot Stove: Jonathan Papelbon might still be in play for Phillies

Jonathan Papelbon There are multiple reports that the Phillies are close to re-signing closer Ryan Madson to a four-year, $44 million extension, pending approval from team CEO David Montgomery. However, there also are reports that the Phillies talked to Red Sox free agent Jonathan Papelbon as recently as Monday and continue to view him as …

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This Just In – Theo: Sox would like Ortiz, Papelbon back

In his year-ending evaluation of the Red Sox, GM Theo Epstein praised free-agents-to-be David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon for their impact on the team on and off the field. Following a season in which Ortiz hit .309 with a .398 OBP, .554 slugging mark and .953 OPS with 29 homers and 96 RBI, and one …

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Red Sox News – ‘Hi, my name is Jonathan Papelbon, and I am an adrenaline junkie’

Jonathan Papelbon After Wednesday’s loss, we asked Jonathan Papelbon if he looked forward to the chance of turning things around in such a venue against such a team as Yankee Stadum vs. the Yankees. “Sure, I’m an adrenaline junkie,” he said. “‘Hi, my name is Jonathan Papelbon, and I am an adrenaline junkie.’” Then the closer …

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Red Sox News – Jonathan Papelbon: ‘We have to start finding our identity’

Jonathan Papelbon After the Red Sox’ 4-2 loss to the Rays Saturday, Jonathan Papelbon explained that, with 11 regular season games remaining, now is the time the Sox must make their move. “I think every game from here on out we have to start sending messages, not only to other teams but to our own …

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