It’s looking more and more like Jonathan Papelbon will remain stuck in Philadelphia, where he is more miserable than Jack White at a Cubs game. After the Tigers’ acquisition of short reliever Joakim Soria from Texas, the number of potential Papelbon trade partners is dwindling for Philadelphia.
This can’t sit well with Papelbon, who has made it known that he would prefer to spend the remainder of his season with a team that has a chance to do something. But the reliever is playing it cool nevertheless.
When asked if he was disappointed to hear about the Soria trade, Papelbon said (via Zo Zone):
Nope. I have no control over that. I don’t worry about things in life I have no control over.
Papelbon discussed his chances of still being in Philly after the deadline passes:
I have no control over it. I love the bullpen that I’m in right now. I love the guys down there. To me, it makes no difference. Whatever happens, happens. I have no control over that. What are you going to do? I don’t really worry about it. I try to prepare every day and do my best. Let the hits land where they land and let the umpires call the calls they call.
Wow. Deeply philosophical. And total bullcrap. You know Papelbon wants to be gone and you know Philadelphia wants to oblige him, but that contract is a problem. A post-deadline deal is still a possibility of course.