Just ten days after a report came out that the Phillies were trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon, The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports that the New York Yankees are believed to be interested in Papelbon to replace Mariano Rivera. Cafardo cites the Yankees pensive nature around naming David Robertson the team's closer for their potential interest.
Honestly, with "Cinco Ocho" and that whole weird alternate personality he has, New York might be just what he needs to feed his adrenaline craving. Plus, if there is one team that can take on Papelbon's contract and not bat an eye, it is the Yankees. The closer is owed $13 million in 2014 and 2015 with a $16 million vesting option for 2016.
Papelbon, 33, was 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and 29 saves in 2013 for the Phillies. Perhaps the most glaring statistic from 2013 for Papelbon was his seven blown after only blowing four in 2012. In two years in Philadelphia, Papelbon is 10-7 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP to go along with 67 saves.
Clean. House. Do it.
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