Report: Blue Jays Discuss Signing Jonathan Papelbon, Other Free Agent Closers

by NESN Staff

November 8, 2011

Report: Blue Jays Discuss Signing Jonathan Papelbon, Other Free Agent ClosersThe Blue Jays could be moving on from the immortal closer duo of Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch.

Toronto has discussed signing one of the many big-name closers available on the free-agent market, including Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. The Blue Jays are also reportedly considering Heath Bell and Joe Nathan, and could try to trade for A's closer Andrew Bailey.

If Papelbon signed with the division foe, the Red Sox would get the Blue Jays' No. 17 pick in the June draft, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

Francisco led Toronto with 17 saves in 54 appearances last season. Rauch was second on the team with 11 saves. The Blue Jays were 26th in the majors in saves in 2011.

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