Proposed Jonathan Papelbon trade to Brewers is “on life support”


It was reported yesterday that the Brewers had interest in trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. However, trade talks hit a snag over how much money the Phillies should include as Papelbon is owed $13 million for 2015 and he likely will earn another $13 million in 2016 as his option vests with 48 games finished.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that while the trade is not dead, it is “on life support, at best”.

The Phillies had been drawing zero interest in Papelbon during the off-season before the Brewers jumped into the picture, so if this trade falls apart, they’ll likely continue having trouble moving their aging, expensive closer.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.