The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon "could still be in play for a deal before the end of the month." Cafardo mentions the Detroit Tigers as a possible destination for Papelbon as Detroit needs bullpen help.
Papelbon, 33, made headlines last month when he said he wanted out of Philadelphia. He told reporters, "Some guys want to stay on a losing team? That's mind-boggling to me. I think that's a no-brainer (to want to leave)." One local reporter asked Papelbon, 'So you'd like to be pitching for a contender later [in July]?' to which the closer responded. “Of course, man. What kind of question is that?”
Then it surfaced three weeks ago that he would only waive his no-trade clause if he was going to be traded to a team where he would be a closer. But Papelbon seems content in Philadelphia because Amaro reassured Papelbon that the Phillies would be contenders again.
"Ruben had promised me that, going forward, we were still going to compete and, no matter what it took to put a winning product on the field, he was going to do it,” Papelbon told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. “If he could trade me and the trade was right for both the Phillies and the other ball club, then a trade could happen. But if it wasn’t right for the Phillies, he wasn’t going to do it. At the same time, he also promised me that we were going to compete year after year and there’s no rebuilding here with the Phillies. So that was a big boost for me."
Papelbon is 2-2 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP with 28 saves in 50 games for the Phillies this season. In two and a half seasons with the Phillies, he is 12-9 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP with 95 saves in 181 games.
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