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Monday, July 23, 2012
Papelbon one of least valuable players

By David Schoenfield

On the surface, Jonathan Papelbon's 2012 looks OK: 3.46 ERA, 21 saves, 48 strikeouts and just nine walks in 39 innings.

When you examine his season more closely, however, I'd suggest that the Phillies have paid $11 million for irrelevant production. Bill Baer examines Papelbon's recent struggles over at Crashburn Alley, but here are few more points:
I know I'm picking on Papelbon a bit here and Charlie Manuel isn't the only manager to use his closer like this, of course. But other teams didn't spend $50 million on a closer who's given them six good, high-leverage innings all season. And that's why he's one of baseball's least valuable players of 2012.