Jonathan Papelbon has 226 career saves, including the postseason.

Terry Francona saw every one of them as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Francona, now an analyst with ESPN, believes Papelbon will be an excellent fit with the Phillies.

"Philadelphia, it's a big market. They're getting a big-time closer," Francona said during a visit to Phillies camp on Friday. "The bigger the stage, I think the more Pap wants to be on the mound. That's saying a lot.

"You're getting a guy that when Charlie [Manuel] gives him the ball, it's a nice feeling. I guarantee you, counting good health, you'll be talking to Charlie after a game and he'll be telling you what a nice feeling it is to be handing the ball over to Pap.

"He locates his fastball. He's got a real good splitter. He throws an occasional slider. OK, we all know that. But the game doesn't go too fast for him. When he comes in, he wants the ball and he's in his own world, but it's slow and that's a nice thing. The game never speeds for him."