MILWAUKEE -- According to a major league source, four teams showed serious interest in free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon prior to the reliever signing a four-year, $50,000,058 deal (with a $13 million vesting option) with the Phillies. The list of clubs included Philadelphia, but not the Red Sox, who never made a formal offer to Papelbon.
Two of the teams, besides Philadelphia, were in position to make a serious offer, with one potentially trumping the money settled on with the Phillies. But as Papelbon stated in his Monday press conference , the combination of Philly's aggressive negotiations and the potential to win won the closer over.
"The Phillies showed they were interested in me and I wanted to make this decision quick and get it over with," he said. "I didn't want to sit there and debate on whether I go back to Boston.
"My agents called me every day with what could happen. One day I finally called them and said, `Listen, I want to go play for the Phillies. Let's make it happen.' They called me two days later and made it happen."
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