Several reports surfaced last week that the Philadelphia Phillies were looking to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon is 33 and the Phillies are obviously trying to get younger and rebuild their team.
However, Papelbon has a no-trade clause and is owed $26 million over the last two years, so trading him is going to be quite difficult.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, the Phillies would be willing to eat some money if it meant dumping Papelbon.
Papelbon is owed $26 million over the next two seasons, and the Phillies are willing to pay some of that money, according to sources. One team the Phillies approached about Papelbon was Cleveland. According to a source, the Phils offered to pay some of Papelbon’s salary, but the Indians were not interested.
The Phils have been looking to move Papelbon since July. There doesn’t appear to be much interest in him at these meetings.
None of that will stop the Phillies from trying to move him.
“They’re selling the [crap] out of him,” a representative from one club told Salisbury.