Stats & Info: Papelbon's big deal

November, 11, 2011
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Jonathan PapelbonMark L. Baer/US PresswirePapelbon will be closing games in a slightly different hue of red in 2012.
The Philadelphia Phillies made the biggest splash in the free-agent market so far, agreeing to a four-year, $50 million deal with Jonathan Papelbon on Friday (pending a physical). Papelbon’s deal, if finalized, would be the largest free-agent contract in terms of total dollar value ever signed by a relief pitcher. His average annual salary of $12.5 million would be the third-highest, behind only two free-agent contracts Mariano Rivera signed with Yankees for $15 million per season. Read the full post from ESPN Stats & Info.

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