Papelbon: “I Don’t Feel Like a Phillie.”
While expectations are low for the Phillies this season, a few things fans are expecting is some trades - and drama.
The obvious name is Cole Hamels, maybe Chase Utley, but how about closer Jonathan Papelbon - he can certainly add the drama portion.
While the Phillies would love to move him, his contract and his mouth are big issues in making that happen.
(Listen to Phillies writer Kevin Cooney discuss Jonathan Papelbon's comments on the Sports Bash)
Papelbon is six saves away from becoming the all-time saves leader in Phillies history, passing Jose Mesa, but says he really doesn't feel like a Phillie - still - entering his fourth season in Philadelphia.
“The Red Sox are a part of who I am, man,” Papelbon told the Boston Globe before Wednesday’s game between the Sox and Phils. “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie.”
“Boston’s where I was born and raised. It’s kind of like that, you know. It’s the city you were born and raised in.”
Papelbon is in the final year of a four-year, $50 million contract, making him very difficult to move because of his very attainable vesting option that would keep him around for another year anywhere he would sent.
“It’s been a tough transition over here,” Palebon admitted. “I’m not going to lie. It’s been tough. Tough getting used to the way it is here. … It’s two totally different organizations. The way they’re ran, the way they’re coached, the players that are on them. Two totally different styles of baseball. I don’t know if I can honestly tell you if I’m even used to it yet.”
Here is what he told the Philly media when they asked him about his comments: