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Report: Phillies Have Interest In Closer Jonathan Papelbon

The Philadelphia Phillies are showing serious interest in acquiring free-agent closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

Papelbon, 30, has served as the Boston Red Sox closer since 2006. Last year for Boston he posted a career-low 31 saves with a 2.94 ERA. The four-time All-Star has averaged 37 saves and a 2.33 ERA over seven professional seasons.

The Phillies are in need of a closer after news broke yesterday that the club was not optimistic about re-signing incumbent closer Ryan Madson. Madson reportedly wants a four-year $44 million contract, which is more than the Phillies are likely to agree to.