Friday Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported that the Phillies were looking to move closer Jonathan Papelbon. CBS Sports Jon Heyman confirmed that report this morning, as the MLB winter meetings opened.
Phillies indeed interested in trading papelbon, as @Ken_Rosenthal said. Belief is they’d llike to use his $ on a starter.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2013
Moving Papelbon’s ego and contract out of Philadelphia is a grand idea, but as I wrote Friday, no one is going to want to take on Papelbon’s remaining contract (two-years/26 million).
Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors took a look this morning at some of the available relievers on the market, such as Chris Perez and Joaquin Benoit. Adams discussed how Papelbon becomes even harder to trade considering both of those guys are among the relievers still available that can close at the level Papeplbon did last year (if not better), and for a much cheaper price.
Ultimately, unless the Phillies just give away Jonathan Papelbon for virtually zero return and eat all of his contract, they aren’t going to be able to move him. And according to Heyman, they wanted to move him and use his salary to sign another pitcher, which seems like pipe dream at this point. Ruben Amaro is going to have to live with yet another one of the terrible signings that he made.