Market for closers well-stocked

Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell and Ryan Madson are among the top-shelf items

Updated: September 9, 2011, 2:03 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Maybe once upon a time, in 1905 or something, there was a generation of general managers who never knew the unique joys of bullpen shopping. But then again, that was also a generation that thought a "cutter" was a kitchen utensil and a "DH" was something you played every Sunday.

So that was a generation that also never knew the singular thrill of handing over $47 million to B.J. Ryan -- and having him blow out his elbow approximately 31 seconds later. Boy, those old-timers had no idea ...

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