Report: Marlins expressed interest in Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon

The Miami Marlins, who have been looking for a closer to replace the struggling Steve Cishek, expressed interest in Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Rosenthal adds that the Marlins expressed interest in Papelbon “right around the time” the team fired Mike Redmond and that nothing is likely imminent.

Papelbon, 34, is not well liked by fans in Philadelphia, but that is not a result of poor play. In his time in Philadelphia, Papelbon has been one of the games top closers. In four years with the team, he has put up a 12-10 record, 117 saves, a 2.38 ERA and 509/115 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

This season with the Phillies, it has been the same for Papelbon. He broke the teams record for most saves and is continuing to pitch lights out, as he has put up a 1.50 ERA and 23/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

While Papelbon is a very solid closing option, he is highly unlikely to end up in Miami pitching for the Marlins. The team has lost nine of their last 10 games and are 16-27 overall. It is far more likely the Marlins are sellers rather than buyers at this years trade deadline.

If the Marlins are in fact sellers, Rosenthal mentions reliever Mike Dunn, outfielder Mike Morse and right-handed pitcher Dan Haren as possible trade options.

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