Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is generating little interest as the July 31st non-waivers trade deadline approaches.
Papelbon, 33, made headlines two weeks ago 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 this month?' to which the closer responded. “Of course, man. What kind of question is that?”
But there's that no-trade clause Papelbon has, right? Well, that apparently won't be an issue as he won't let that stand in the way of him pitching for a contender this season.
You can't knock Papelbon's on-field performance this season. He is 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP with 23 saves to just two blown saves. Papelbon has put up All-Star numbers but got edged out due to a lot of pitching depth in the National League this season.
An issue since the moment Papelbon signed in Philadelphia has been his contract. He is slated to make $13 million in 2015 with a $13 million vesting option for 2016 that vests with 55 games finished in 2015 or 100 games finished combined in 2014 and 2015.
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