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UPDATE: Papelbon and the Sox probably have a deal

Jan 19, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

UPDATERob Bradford of is reporting that the Sox and Papelbon have a deal in place for $9 million for 2010.

9:55 A.M.: Or else they’re going to arbitration.  I’d bet on arbitration, as the Sox don’t seem all that interested in a long term deal, and Papelbon is reported to want to “raise the bar” for closers.

How high is that bar going to get set, in arbitration or otherwise?  Hard to say.  Bobby Jenks just signed for $7.5 million.  Brian Fuentes is making $17.5 million over the next two years.  Francisco Cordero, Joe Nathan, Brad Lidge and K-Rod are on deals averaging a bit above or a bit below $12 million. Above that you’re in Mariano Rivera land ($15 million).

Of course, given Papelbon’s general obliviousness, they could probably offer him a raise to, oh, $8 million and tell him that he’s making Mariano Rivera money. He just might believe it.

  1. VJ - Jan 19, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Look, we all can agree PAP is not MO, before you go bashing PAP about last year, you need to go to and compare both stats, MO was third and Pap was 6, the stats are almost the same, Mo had the best ERA and Hoffman had the second best with Pap in third, but Hoffman had 13 games less then PAP.
    So come on give Pap a break, he is the second best, and I can almost bet that Pap was put into tighter situations then MO, you can’t compare apples to apples, Pay the guy because he is still one of the best.

  2. Soxoryanks - Jan 19, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    There is no other closer as good as Papelbon. There is just a vast void between him and other pitchers. And with Rivera getting close to retiring you can bet the Yanks will scoop him up and then we will really be in trouble. Pay for him to pitch now or he will pitch against us and then we will pay

  3. CrimsonKing - Jan 20, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    No other closer as good as Papelbon? Was that serious? There are probably 3 closers, outside Rivera, just as good or better.
    And to say, VJ

  4. crimsonking - Jan 20, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Interesting edit of my comment…?
    Anyhow – to say that Pap was in tighter situations than Mo….tighter than 2 inning saves in the World Series???

  5. Rotary Ladies Watches - Jan 21, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    Nice looking page! Where did you pick up your theme?

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