(NEW YORK) -- Long-time Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Paplebon is heading to the city of brotherly love. According to reports, the former all-star closer has agreed to a four-year $50 million contract with the Phillies pending a physical next week.
When the deal becomes finalized, it will be the largest total package ever signed a relief pitcher. Paplebon's deal would be larger than the contract B.J. Ryan signed with the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2005 for five-years, $47 million. His $12.5 million annual income would be tied the second largest annual salary for a relief pitcher as well.
The deal comes after the Phillies were unable to reach an agreement with former closer Ryan Madson. It was reported the two sides had agreed to a four-year $44 million deal, but talks fell through and the Phillies turned their sights to Paplebon.
Last season for the Red Sox, Paplebon saved 31 games, had 2.93 ERA, and a 0.93 WHIP.
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