While it doesn’t appear that anything is imminent, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com today that trade talks for closer Jonathan Papelbon are “still alive” and that he’s talking with more than one club.
Amaro wouldn’t identify the teams in the mix, but Salisbury hears that the Brewers remain the most viable landing spot and that talks between the two sides have never ceased. The Blue Jays have also checked in on Papelbon, but their interest is considered “mild.”
As for the chances of the Phillies getting a deal done, Amaro called the situation “complicated.” Papelbon is owed $13 million this season and his contract includes a $13 million for 2016 which vests if he finishes 48 games this year. The 34-year-old can block trades to 17 teams, including the Brewers, so it’s believed that he would ask for the option to be guaranteed in order to sign off on a deal. The Phillies would likely have to cover some of the money involved to make a trade palatable and get a decent piece in return.