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Papelbon Won’t Go to Team Unless He is a Closer

Papelbon unwilling to be a set up man

Papelbon unwilling to be a set up man

As if there weren’t enough obstacles for the Phillies in regards to trading closer Jonathan Papelbon, “Cinco Ocho” just added one more. Joel Sherman of the New York Daily News is reporting that Papelbon is unwilling to waive his no-trade clause to go to a team who plans on using him as anything but a closer.

The good news is Papelbon can only veto trades to eight different teams. The bad news however is that there aren’t many teams looking for closers. Even with Papelbon’s solid season, his contract could present an issue. Papelbon is owed $13 million next season, with an obtainable vesting option for 2016. Combine his demands to be a closer for a perspective team, and his contract, it could be difficult for the Phillies to move Papelbon before the July 31st non waiver deadline.

The Phillies closer has gone on record as criticizing fellow teammates for not wanting to waive their no-trade clauses to go to a potential winner. So while Papelbon wants to go play for a winner, he wont do so as a set up man. The Phillies are most likely chomping at the bit to get rid of the five time All Star and begin the Kenny Giles era. I think the Phillies best chance to get rid of Papelbon will come after July 31st during the waiver trade deadline.



  1. Phil Ease

    July 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    This proves that Papelbon is smart enough to know that his valuable option won’t kick in without finishing games. He’d be a dope to waive it.

  2. Hogey's Role

    July 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Well if he won’t go somewhere else to set up then I would make him set up here… If Kenny Giles is ready to close then put him in the closer role..

    Come to think of it put papelbon in the long relief role, let him earn his 13 million throwing 100 plus innings lol…

    What a d-bag!!

    That outta get some good replies (;

    • Lefty

      July 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      I don’t know about a reply, but it sure got a good laugh at this house.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 28, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Its exactly these kinds of posts that inspired me to warn you not to hold your breath waiting for a July 31st deadline trade!! Thanks and yes he is a colossal DB.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 28, 2014 at 9:03 pm

        Thanks guys…
        And I’ve been debating whether or not to get an oxygen tank, just in case, lol

  3. jeff orbach

    July 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    LOL-I refuse to take anything seriously from him anymore

  4. Bruce

    July 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I can’t blame Papelbon for his thoughts on continuing as closer. He obviously wants to finish his stellar career in that role.

    I’ll repost my comment from an earlier thread:
    “Also pleased to see Papelbon get his 25th save in 28 attempts and lowered his ERA to an outstanding 1.83. He now has passed Goose Gossage on the all-time saves list at #21 with career save #311. By the way, Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008. It made me think that Papelbon, with a few more years of continued quality pitching as closer, can be a prime candidate for the Hall of Fame. Too bad he won’t be wearing a Phillies cap for the introduction to the HOF.”

    • Schultz

      July 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      The difference is that Gossage was a good teammate and a great person off the field. PAP smear is neither. He’s merely a dirtbag blessed with more talent than either brains or class. I doubt sincerely he’ll ever see the inside of the Hall without a ticket.

  5. George

    July 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Just as I don’t fault Ryan Howard for his stupid contract, I can’t fault Papelbon for his stupid option and no-trade clause. That was Amaro’s doing.

    Some have argued that sometimes options and no-trades are granted to get the player you really need/want. That doesn’t apply here, because no one else would have signed Papelbon for those kind of terms, anyway. It was a bad front office decision, and Papelbon showed his intelligence by jumping at a good thing, and is further showing his intelligence by playing that good thing to its maximum.

    Amaro not only shot himself in the foot on this contract, he’ll never be able to remove the bullet.

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