Are the Phillies Stuck with Jonathan Papelbon?
Could the Phillies be stuck with Jonathan Papelbon?
According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick the Phillies don't have "any traction" for a trade of Papelbon at this time. Per Crasnick, Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016 that's likely to vest "remains a sticking point."
You would think teams that are in need of a closer would be calling the Phillies, with Papelbon is having a fine season, having posted a 1.72 ERA, a 38/7 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings while going a perfect 16-for-16 in save chances.
(Listen to CSNPhilly.com's Corey Seidman talk Phillies, Hamels and Papelbon)
"He's been one of the games best closers," Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com said on the Sports Bashg. "However each time he's opened his mouth and mentioned he wants to be traded has hurt his trade value."
Despite his fine season, it seems just don't want to take a chance on him. Per ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark that, despite prior interest, the Blue Jays, Cubs, and Dodgers are not presently involved with talks with the Phillies right now.