Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun (via MLBTR) had an update yesterday on the Toronto Blue Jays' pursuit of a closer. Elliot says that the Blue Jays have been "shocked" by the asking prices of free agent closers this off-season. Alex Anthopoulos said that the club's greatest surplus was prospects, which Elliot took to mean that trading for a closer would be Toronto's best option.
We saw Jonathan Papelbon sign a four year, $50 M contract with the Philadelphia Phillies last week, an amount that equals $6.25 M per win above replacement, based on Papelbon's 2011 WAR. Ryan Madson was rumored to be close to a four year, $44 M deal with the Phillies prior to their deal with Papelbon. Madson's deal would have been worth $5 M per WAR, based on his 2011 numbers.
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