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Papelbon to the Phillies

CHRIS PUMMER: The merits of forking over big money to a relief pitcher are dubious, but if the Phillies were bound and determined to spend that cash on someone to accumulate saves, picking Jonathan Papelbon over Ryan Madson was the right choice. Continue reading

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Brad Lidge: Stay OR Go as Closer?

DAVE TOMAR:With the lanky dominance of Ryan Madson drawing justified ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ from observers, the thus-far brilliant 8th inning specialist may well be the closer of the future. But in a season 50 games deep, far too many people think that his time is now.

At the risk of sounding self-righteous, show some goddamn respect. Brad Lidge was the game’s most important closer last year.

HOWARD MEGDAL: But there are a number of warning signs. If the Phillies want to be in the best possible position to win a third straight NL East title, Lidge may not be the man to close games. Continue reading

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