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Report: Red Sox discussed trading of Papelbon

By Ryan Hannable

Numerous media outlets today reported that the Red Sox had highly considered trading closer Jonathan Papelbon this past off season. Two of the teams that the Red Sox were interested in dealing Papelbon to were the A's and the White Sox. The Red Sox were reportedly interested in signing former Rays closer Rafael Soriano. Soriano signed with the Yankees on Jan. 13 and just this week the Red Sox and Papelbon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one year $12 million deal.

It is pretty obvious that the Red Sox and Papelbon will definitely be parting ways, if not during the season, but definitely following the 2011 season. The team feels that set up man Daniel Bard is their closer of the future, but currently he is not ready to be the full time closer. He needs another year of experience. The signing of Bobby Jenks gives the team flexibility with Papelbon. I firmly believe the Red Sox will be trying to shop Papelbon during the season, and especially at the trade deadline. Having Jenks on the roster enables them to do this because now Bard would not be forced into the full time closing position. Papelbon's days in Boston are numbered, and fans should get used to seeing Bard as Boston's closer.

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3 comments:

  1. I would rather trade a closer during the season anyways, some teams guy self destructs or gets injured and they get super desperate for a closer. Closer is one of those positions you can't go without if you loose yours and you likely don't have a spare to take you to a title.

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  2. Which is why the signing of Jenks was so big, gives them the flexibility they need. Also, puts some pressure on Papelbon. If he struggles and blows a few saves in April, look for Tito to throw Bard and Jenks into the closing role more

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  3. either way the sox will be tough to beat...the additions of Crawford and Gonzales gives the offense new life and Jenks gives them more flexibility in the pen. With Andy retiring in New York the Yankees will have trouble just staying close enough.

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