If 2008 was any indication of what a “lights out” closer can do for your baseball team, well I’d say that it is a position worth investing in. And we all know that Ruben Amaro has no problem investing a lot of money on talent he deems worthy. This past off-season newly acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon was deemed just that as he inked a four-year, $50 million dollar deal with the Phillies. Welcome to the Nation, #58!
It seems like a no-brainer, right? You don't sign a "franchise" goaltender to a nine-year, $51 million dollar deal for him to suit up and keep the bench warm, do you? But when one guy struggles it is only common sense to bring in another guy to try and remedy the situation. Unfortunately for the Flyers, that has happened all too often this season in net.
I would like to welcome the newest, but not so new, been gone but now he's back, Philadelphia Phillie........JIM THOOOOME!! Let's show him some Brotherly Love!! 2012 is no doubt going to be an exciting time for the Philadelphia Phillies and the phans. After a gut wrenching, hard to watch end to the 2011 season it left many of us wondering, "Where do we go from here?" Do we implode or reload? Out the door went phan favorites like Rauuuuuul Ibanez and Ryan Madson, in came names like Jonathan Papelbon, Ty Wiggington, and Jim Thome.