Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Jonathan Papelbon is likely to make a decision on where to sign in the next 24 hours. If you’re lucky, maybe he’ll be on your favorite team! Adding flavor to your local nine’s clubhouse!
Bradford says there are a lot of interested parties, and others have speculated on the Cubs and Marlins might be good fits. Assuming there is such a thing as a “good fit” when Papelbon is concerned.
Which is not to say that Papelbon, 35, can’t help a club on the field. He has a 4.37 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio over 35 innings this season, but was still effective in stretches this year.
The good news: most-traveled-player ever Edwin Jackson has a job again. The bad news: it’s not with team number 15. He’s repeating himself, going back to the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2009. Oh well.
Jackson, 35, posted a ghastly 11.12 ERA in 28 and a third innings over eight appearances with the Blue Jays this season, five of which came as starts. If he can manage to be merely bad instead of terrible he’s likely to get several starts for Detroit in the second half as the Tigers are playing for nothing and teams playing for nothing are well-served by veteran arms.
And heck, if he starts one in the next week or so and is amazing, maybe — just maybe — Detroit can flip him to team number 15? We can dream, can’t we?