It’s never a good feeling to know you’re not wanted and that appears to be how Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon feels.
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.