Remember a couple weeks back when Jonathan Papelbon was pitching the best that he had since his 2012 All-Star campaign and he seemed like someone likely to be moved to a contender at the deadline? And then, instead of just allowing the natural process that is the trade deadline to play itself out, Papelbon had to come out and essentially lobby for a trade in a post-game press conference, effectively killing any trade value that he had in my mind.
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Papelbon doesn’t exactly have suitors lining up to bid on his services.
Closer Jonathan Papelbon is generating little interest, according to major-league sources.
Based off reports that the Phillies are willing to eat salary in trades and how well Papelbon has pitched this year (23 saves, 1.17 ERA), you’d have to think that the lack of a Papelbon market has more to do with teams being scared to bring his personality into their clubhouse.
Especially with Huston Street now off the market, and teams like the Tigers and Orioles still in need of a reliable closer, if Papelbon doesn’t have any market now, it’s unlikely one is going to develop before the deadline.
I’ve thought quite a bit about whether it is worth paying six or seven million of Papelbon’s $13 million in 2015 to have him pitch somewhere else (should that situation present itself), and I’ve come to the conclusion that while it isn’t ideal, getting Papelbon out of the Phillies’ clubhouse would be addition by subtraction