Rumors have lingered all Winter suggesting the Phillies want to rid themselves of Papelbon’s albatross of a contract (and apparently somewhat prissy attitude), though they’ve yet to find any takers – at least not at their current asking price.
Despite that, Papelbon has heard the murmurs and suggests there’s a bit of truth to every rumor:
“I think there’s a little bit of truth to every rumor,” Papelbon said of whether he thought there was substance to the reports of his availability. “I don’t know. It’s hard to say. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Sure seems like he knows to me.
The closer, who posted a 2.92 ERA last season is due $26 million dollars over the next two season with a third year option (worth $13 million) that will vest if pitches in 100 games during the next two seasons (or 55 in 2015).
It would be a mild shock to see Papelbon with the Phillies by the trade deadline.