Phillies and Brewers moving closer to Jonathan Papelbon trade

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Last night news broke that the Brewers were talking to the Phillies about trading for closer Jonathan Papelbon and now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com says the “last remaining obstacle” for the deal is working out how much money Philadelphia would kick in if Papelbon’s option vests for 2016.

Papelbon is owed $13 million this season and will be owed $13 million for next season if he totals at least 48 games finished. For some context, he had 52 games finished last season and has topped 48 games finished in nine consecutive years.

So basically the two sides are negotiating how much of Papelbon’s salary next season will be paid by each team. And apparently he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause to play in Milwaukee.

It seems a little odd that the Brewers would want to trade for the high-priced Papelbon considering Francisco Rodriguez saved 44 games for them last season with a 3.04 ERA and remains unsigned. Surely they could bring back Rodriguez for a fraction of the cost and without giving up any players.