(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — High expectations for a high-end closer. The Phillies made Jonathan Papelbon the highest paid reliever in Major League Baseball this off-season, giving him a four-year-deal worth $50 million.
The 30-year-old closer spent his entire seven-year career with the Red Sox where he was a four-time All-Star, amassing 219 saves.
“There’s not going to be one guy that comes into this clubhouse that’s going to make a difference,” Papelbon said. “Every year you start fresh and you see what guys you have in your clubhouse. You really just try to get that team comradery as good as you can get and getting everybody kind of pulling on the same rope and the same direction. If we are able to do that, we can do some special things.”
The Phillies also added veteran relievers Dontrelle Willis and Chad Qualls during the winter.
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