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Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have reached an agreement with Jonathan Papelbon:

The Phils and Papelbon have reached agreement sources tell Pending physical.


Salisbury says the deal is four-years and approaches $50 million. Jayson Stark says there may be a vesting option for a fifth year… making the total package worth over $60 million. Ugh.

According to Hardball Talk, if the deal is for $50 million or more, it would be the richest ever for a reliever.

The take from Barstool Boston:

Good riddance. I don’t like those guys who talk about how much they love big game pressure, suck in big games and then go celebrate like they won the World Series after blowing the biggest lead in the history of baseball. Let the cleaning house process begin.


Here's all you need to know about Papelbon (after the jump). Somewhere, the Dropkick Murphys just inked a long-term deal to play outside McFadden's.