What’s the latest with Jonathan Papelbon’s efforts to get out of Philadelphia and into a contending team’s bullpen?
Reports vary wildly, of course, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com says he’s “getting no sense the Phillies have any traction” on a Papelbon trade.
Why? Because, according to Crasnick, his $13 million vesting option for 2016 “remains a sticking point” for teams due to the Phillies apparently still refusing to cover it.
Papelbon has made it abundantly clear that he wants to be traded and this is the final guaranteed season of his contract, but based on games finished there’s a good chance the $13 million option would trigger for next season. And while he’s pitching at a very high level right now with a 1.72 ERA most teams are still not keen on having him on the books for that much.