Philllies Officially Announce Signing of Closer Jonathan Papelbon

Tuesday November 15th, 2011

The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced the signing of veteran closer Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50,000,058 contract. Papelbon will wear number 58 according to a team release.

"We are really pleased to bring Jonathan to Philadelphia," said Phillies senior vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "He is among the elite closers in the game and someone who clearly has a passion to win."

The 30-year-old stopper, had previously 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.

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