Philadelphia Phillies: What Signing Jonathan Papelbon Means for Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies: What Signing Jonathan Papelbon Means for Phillies
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The Jonathan Papelbon signing has significant effects for the Philadelphia Phillies. GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. brought in a high-profile closer near the beginning of the free-agency period, ensuring that the team will have a lights out pitcher in the ninth inning for the next four years.

Papelbon’s signing also has adverse effects on the future of Ryan Madson in Philadelphia but will benefit the young arms—Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes—in the bullpen.

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