Just days after trading away starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers, the Brewers appear to be in talks to complete another significant deal. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Brewers and the Phillies have been in discussions about possibly sending closing pitcher Jonathan Papelbon to Milwaukee.
This is an interesting story, as there are a few hurdles that need to be jumped through in order for this deal to actually happen. When Papelbon, 34, signed his lucrative 4-year, $52 million deal to go to Philadelphia, he signed a no-trade clause preventing him from being traded. However, according to John Salisbury of CSN, there are 12 teams that Papelbon can’t reject a trade to.
As you can see, Milwaukee is not one of those teams, so in order for this deal to happen, Papelbon would have to waive his no trade clause. There is no exact word yet that Papelbon would do that, but some believe that that he may.
In addition to the no-trade clause, there is another thing that could halt this deal. Papelbon is due a staggering $13 million this season, and a vesting option of $13 million for 2016 which is a decent investment for any team to take on. So, now it seems that the talks are centered around how much relief the Phillies were willing to give to the Brewers on that deal, as Jayson Stark reports.
Last season in Philadelphia, Papelbon had 39 saves on 43 opportunities and also held a modest 2.04 ERA, but found himself in some trouble when he made an obscene gesture towards a fan and got himself suspended.
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