Papelbon, 32, is 20-for-25 in save opportunities but all five blown saves have come since June 17th. He is 7-for-12 in his last 12 save opportunities - not exactly glowing numbers for a guy making more money than any other closer in baseball.
That is where the issue arises. The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham states that he does not see the Red Sox pursuing Papelbon given his "recent performance" in addition to his remaining salary (he is owed $13 million through 2015 with a vesting option for 2016).
Well, what about the Tigers? They were the favorites to land Papelbon if he was traded, right? Not so fast. CBS Sports' Danny Knobler is reporting that a deal to the Tigers is "unlikely" although the Phillies do have scouts out scouting the Tigers' farm system. Knobler cites the bloated contract and Papelbon's fiery personalty as some turnoffs for Detroit.
So he is viewed as a bad contract, bad attitude, and going through a bad stretch of baseball? Great. That's what I want to hear as the trade deadline approaches. It doesn't help when the team's manager goes on national radio and says Papelbon has hip problems. Although it should be noted that the Phillies are supposedly looking to be buyers, not sellers, at the deadline.
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