Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon said last month that he would be interested in a trade to the Blue Jays and it appears that the possibility might still have some legs. Check out this report from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com:
Maybe Alex Anthopoulos, general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, popped into Bright House Field on Friday afternoon because he enjoys those Delco’s cheesesteaks that they sell behind home plate.
Or maybe he was there to see Jonathan Papelbon.
Whatever the case, it was quite interesting to see Anthopoulos seated in the scouts’ section watching the Phillies play the New York Yankees while his own team was hosting the Detroit Tigers just a few miles away in Dunedin.
Rain began falling in the third inning and Anthopoulos soon vanished. But he was there long enough to see Papelbon have another good spring outing.
According to Salisbury, Papelbon smiled when he heard Anthopoulos was in attendance and said, “Huh, interesting.”
As of now, the Blue Jays are set to go into the season with Brett Cecil as their closer, but they could obviously revisit the situation at some point. Anthopoulos was likely just doing some due diligence on that end.
Papelbon has the ability to block trades to 17 teams, including the Blue Jays. The 34-year-old could demand for his $13 million vesting option for 2016 to be picked up in order to sign off on a deal.