Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports the Milwaukee Brewers are in serious discussions with the Phillies for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon has a no-trade clause which features 17 teams but there is no word whether or not the Brewers are on the list.
The Phillies closer is signed for one more season at $13 million but there is a $13 million vesting option for 2016 and it relies heavily on how much use Papelbon gets this season. The 2016 option vests if A) Papelbon finished 55 games in 2015 or B) finishes 100 games between 2014 and 2015. He finished 52 games total for the Phillies last season.
Papelbon, 34, was 2-3 with 39 saves, a 2.04 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP for the Phillies in 2014. In three seasons in Philadelphia, Papelbon is 12-10 with 106 saves, a 2.45 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and one All-Star appearance in 2012.
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