The Philadelphia Phillies are “ready to trade closer” Jonathan Papelbon, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Two teams that have engaged in discussions with the Phillies about Papelbon are the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, Rosenthal adds.
Toronto hasn’t talked with the Phillies about Papelbon since last week, but the Phillies have since increased their scouting of the Blue Jays’ minor-league teams.
Even though the Cubs signed Rafael Soriano, they are still in on Papelbon since “they did not want to get left without either him or Papelbon.”
If a deal gets done, Rosenthal says that the Phillies might prefer to do it with the Blue Jays, citing a better offer from Toronto and/or getting Papelbon out of the National League.
Papelbon, 34, is one of the games best closers and has only strengthened that argument in his four years in Philadelphia, as he’s gone 13-10 with 118 saves, a 2.31 ERA and 241/50 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: Papelbon’s time in Philadelphia could be coming to an end very soon.
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