agreed (pending a physical) with the Phillies on a four-year deal worth roughly $50 million.
It's a drag to see the Snuffer go, but even with his stupendous performance in 2011, it was all but certain the Red Sox would not commit the kind of dough Papelbon wanted. Bot resisted signing a long-term deal with the Red Sox earlier in his career and he made it clear on several occasions that he wanted to test the free agent market.
Papelbon, who turns 31 this month, collected 219 saves in seven seasons with the Red Sox. In 27 post-season innings, he allowed only three runs (1.00 ERA), all of them coming against the Angels in Game 3 of the 2009 ALDS.
In 14.2 ALCS and WS innings, he allowed 0.48 baserunners per inning (excluding intentional walks). He recorded seven post-season saves, including Games 2, 3, and 4 of Boston's 2007 World Series sweep of the Rockies.
denied they had a 4/44 deal in place with Ryan Madson.
Daniel Bard is the likely man to step into Boston's closer shoes, and he will cost approximately 4% of Papelbon's 2012 salary. Bard's WHIP has dropped every year (1.277, 1.004, 0.959), although he seems to have a mental block (or extremely shitty luck) when it comes to saving games. In his three-year career, he has blown 15 of 20 save attempts.