Free Agent closer Papelbon signs record deal with the Phillies.
By Cam Cain 11-12-11
This just may be the missing link to Philadelphia’s championship. Ruben Amaro Jr. has just added another name to a lengthy list of free agent acquisitions as the GM of the Phillies. This deal makes Jonathan Papelbon the highest paid closer of all time. Him and the Phillies have agreed to a 4 year deal worth $50 million dollars. This is a risky move due to Papelbon’s inconsistence. This also is a huge case of overpaying for a player. We’ve seen it last year with Jayson Werth and the Nationals. The Phillies will still be paying Papelbon over $10 mil. a year 4 years from now. I wouldn’t have paid more than $25 million for him. Jonathan was never the best closer in his time with the Red Sox. Amaro Jr. felt that he needed this large sum of money to lure Pap away from Beantown.
This now widens the gaping hole in Boston’s bullpen. Flamethrowing Daniel Bard is very inconsistent. Bobby Jenks could close but he hasn’t pitched well since 2008. There are many more viable pitchers out there. Jonathan Broxton is only 27 and has had a 36 save season only 2 years ago. Or, if they decide to go the route of Jenks, which is what I would do, Mike Gonzalez, who spent last year with Baltimore and the Rangers, is available and is a left handed reliever who would be a good fit.
In other news…
Kidnapped Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been rescued on Friday after over 50 hours. Venezuelan authorities rescued him in a 15 minute gunfight. Ramos and his family have been provided bodyguards by Venezuela’s government.
The Florida, now Miami Marlins have switched to the official worst logo and uniform set in baseball history. You can view them here. They remind me of a three star hotel chain. The Miami Gardens Marlin Suites. They even got rid of their iconic teal. Oh when will people learn IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT!? They do move into a nice new stadium this year. I do agree with the name switch. There is another team in the state. It’s not like Minnesota. Florida Marlins had a nice ring to it. I’m sure these new uniforms will grow on me eventually. I hope they’re not just an eyesore until they’re gone.
Vehicle has been found abandoned but no news about location of Wilson Ramos
By Cam Cain 11-10-11
As you may have heard, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been taken from his own home at gunpoint Wednesday night. He was kidnapped by 4 armed men but other than this, we do not have much information. The car has been found abandoned about an hour away from Ramos’ home hut there is still no sign of the 24-year-old. The Nationals along with Major League Baseball issued a statement Thursday have issued a statement saying the following, “Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball’s department of investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have been instructed to make no further comment.”
This was Ramos’ first full season in the big leagues. He hit .267 with 15 homers as the everyday catcher. This is thought to be the first kidnapping of a Major League Baseball player. However, many relatives of players have had this happen to them including former pitcher Victor Zambrano.
This kidnapping is a very serious matter, ballplayer or not. Ramos was playing in the Winter league for the Tigres de Aragua. Everyone’s thoughts are with Wilson and his family. We hope for the best in this young man returning safely.