Jul 7, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) pitches in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers to earn a save at Miller Park. The Phillies beat the Brewers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Papelbon lobbies to be traded, would be interested in going to Tigers

For a brief period, things were going alright with Jonathan Papelbon. He wasn’t throwing in the mid-90’s like he did in his prime, but he was reaching 92 or 93 on the gun, and appeared to have learned out to pitch without an electric fastball. The Phillies weren’t winning, and Pap wasn’t being a d*****bag. Good times.

Then after notching a save for the third night in a row, “Cinco-Ocho” came out.

 

Papelbon did notch his 22nd save of the season tonight, and has posted a 1.24 ERA in 36 games on a really bad team, so him wanting to be moved to a contender is normal. I just hope that he realizes that teams don’t want to overpay for outspoken players with bad contracts. After his infamous comments last Summer where he said that, “He didn’t sign up for this,” any potential value he had at least years deadline was gone. We get it, the fanbase didn’t sign up for this either. But you saying it publicly kills your already low trade value, instead of you just going to management and asking for them to up the ante on trying to move you.

Teams around the league aren’t stupid. They know Papelbon is overpaid, they know he hasn’t been used a ton this year, and they know that it wouldn’t be a good idea to bring him into a fragile clubhouse. Recently, the fact that he was pitching really well was beginning to overshadow his bad numbers and ego. People had began to look past his act, and most people thought the Phillies would eat a good percentage of the $13 million he was due in 2015. After tonight, his act comes back to the forefront and I’m not sure that won’t ultimately deter him from being on a new team before the July 31st deadline. 

Update 11:50 PM EST

Ryan Lawrence of Philly.com put things in perspective a bit more, by listing what Papelbon was asked that led him to say these things. 

Here are the highlights…

Q: Well, some guys in here do want to stay…

Papelbon: Some guys want to stay on a losing team? That’s mind-boggling to me. I think that’s a no-brainer.

Q: Have you expressed that [you want to be traded] to people?

Papelbon: [Shakes his head no].

This outburst might make more sense if you had went to management, asked to be moved, and you felt like nothing would happen. But damn, you didn’t even talk to management, and you do this? I understand that Ruben Amaro probably didn’t need to be informed that Papelbon wasn’t happy in Philly, but I just don’t get what good he thinks he is doing by making all of this so public. 

Oh, and Dave Dombrowski, Papelbon has seen that Joe Nathan isn’t exactly holding it down for you at closer, and would gladly like to join your team (the Tigers). 

Q: So you would go to, say, Detroit?

Papelbon: [Nods his head yes].

I’m sure Dombrowski ran to the phone after hearing this. 

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