The Phillies are just three days away from the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline and they have not moved any other their major trade chips. One piece that got a little more difficult to move is closer Jonathan Papelbon.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports Papelbon will only waive his no-trade clause to go to a team in which he will be the closer. Reports surfaced last week the Los Angeles Dodgers would be interested in Papelbon. Los Angeles could move closer Kenley Jansen to a set-up role where he flourished in years prior and move Papelbon in to close but with Jansen's recent success, the Dodgers might not want to shake up the back-end of their bullpen too much.
Papelbon, 33, made headlines three 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?”
You can't knock Papelbon's on-field performance this season. He is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP with 25 saves to just three 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.
(h/t Buzz on Broad)
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