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Thu, 01/07/2010 - 11:25am  

Papelbon: No negotiations yet

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon told ESPN.com that neither he or his agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, have sat down with the Sox to discuss a contract. Papelbon is arbitration-eligible, having avoided the process last year by signing a record deal for a first-year arbitration-eligible player. "We don't even have a number in place," he said in the report. "There haven't been any discussions between me and the Red Sox and my agents at all. ... At the same time, I'm not afraid to show that, hey, I want to be with the Red Sox [in a multiyear deal]. I'd love to have that sense of security of being with a team and knowing, 'Hey, they want me, and I want them, let's have a happy marriage.' But what do I have to give up to be in that marriage? Understand, I'm in the prime of my career. Why would I give up something? I'd give up something if it's fair to both sides, but I want to do things for my fellow closers, just like Mo [Mariano Rivera] paved the way for me. I want every closer out there, man, to get every penny they deserve."




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