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Will Papelbon close next year?

There's been some debate this year about Papelbon's long-term role in Boston.

Papelbon's been nothing short of lights-out as the Sox closer this year.  That said, their rotation has some serious question marks surrounding it now, and into the future: Schilling is going to hang them up soon, Beckett's really struggled, as has Matt Clement (one year left on his Sox contract); Wakefield's solid but aging, Wells is presumably done after this year (or at least with the Sox), and Jon Lester doesn't quite have the control thing down yet.  

Gut feeling: do the Sox change things up in the offseason, transition Papelbon back to starting, and find another closer, or leave him right where he is, dominating in the 9th?