When talks between Philadelphia and its 2011 closer, Ryan Madson, fell through, the Phils opened their checkbook to sign to Papelbon, the former ace reliever for the Boston Red Sox, to a four-year, $50 million contract, the richest ever for a reliever. (Madson signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati, then tore a ligament in his right elbow, and will miss the season). Some statistical analysts insist that Papelbon is overpaid, since the mark by which most closers are still judged, the save, is overvalued. If Papelbon blunders, the Philly boobirds will be chirping. But if he brings his Beantown success to the City of Brotherly Love, the Phillies will own an even scarier pitching staff, one that already includes top-line veteran starters Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels, and emerging second-year man Vance Worley. With a boost from Papelbon in the pen, a sixth straight division title won’t be too far off.