Jonathan Papelbon reached an agreement with the Phillies on a four year-$50 million deal today, so I guess that means the Ryan Madson deal, reached earlier this week, is dead.
And now the guessing game for the Red Sox is who will close next season: Daniel Bard, Madson, or someone like Heath Bell?
The Red Sox weren't going to give Papelbon a contract like that, and they will also receive two first-round picks when the deal is done.
It was some ride. Thanks for the memories, Pap, especially this one, from October, 2007: