Jonathan Papelbon makes it clear, again: He wants out of Philadelphia

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On the day he was named an All-Star for the sixth time Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon reiterated his desire to be traded to a contending team, telling Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com:

The front office knows where my heart is and where my mind is. And that’s to be with a contending ball club. The ball is in their court, so to speak. I think everybody knows where I’m at. I’ve always been straightforward that I want to go play for a contender and I’m not going to shy away from it. I feel like that’s my right and my prerogative to have that opportunity and, you know, it’s in their hands.

Of course, the Phillies likely would have traded Papelbon by now if other teams were interested in giving up a decent prospect and/or taking on the remainder of his $50 million contract. He’s owed about $6 million for the second half of this season and there’s a $13 million option for 2016 that vests if he reaches 48 games finished this season (he’s currently at 28).

Philadelphia certainly has no need for a high-priced closer at this point and Papelbon has been excellent this season with a 1.65 ERA and 34/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings.

According to Salisbury the 34-year-old right-hander “hopes to be long gone” by the July 31 trade deadline and “hopes to be gone shortly after the All-Star break.”

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.