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Jonathan Papelbon worked for Red Sox, so they shouldn’t have fixed the situation

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon delivers against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
The RedSox have had much trouble with closers since they parted ways with Jonathan Papelbon (pictured), who is starring for the Phillies this season.AP

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There weren’t many people who thought the Red Sox obtaining both Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan was a bad thing.

But the lesson learned is perhaps you’re better off just leaving things alone sometime.

If you have a player who works for you in this market — say Jonathan Papelbon — why not bite the bullet and keep him?

This is an old story. Papelbon is fully embedded in Phillies Nation. But the story has become fresh again because the Red Sox have had so much trouble with closers since they let Papelbon go. What they are finding is it’s not so easy to replace a known commodity; Papelbon not only was one of the best, he remained healthy for so long.

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