Phillies Notes: With Roster Moves Coming Could Phillies Move Papelbon?
The market for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has evolved significantly over time and figures to continue to do so as the summer draws near as he continues to pitch well for the last place Phillies.
So far this year, Papelbon has compiled a 1.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 14/3 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings and as ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jerry Crasnick told us on the Sports Bash people are taking notice.
"His contract complicates things," Crasnick said. "But I have heard from scout a lot of good things about him, he has pitched well and he's a guy who could pitch in any environment. If there is a contending team and it's July and a closer is the one thing standing in the way, then yeah, they will probably make a play for him."
So what might the Phillies get back in return for Papelbon, who is having a very good year?
"If they are going to pick up his option, which is pretty expensive, they probably aren't going to want to part with a whole lot of talent. I think at this point, the Phillies would be happy just getting rid of his contract," Crasnick stated.
Plus we dove into the struggles of Chase Utley, the decision to option Cody Asche to Triple-A, Cole Hamels and how to handle Aaron Nola with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com