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Say hey, baseball: Jonathan Papelbon will be 'disappointed' if he isn't traded

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The Phillies are going to trade Jonathan Papelbon before the July 31st trade deadline. Well, probably. Papelbon has a limited no-trade clause and no desire to be a setup man, but given his performance in 2015 (and, you know, for the last decade), no one should have any issue with him continuing his duties as a closer. So, as long as the Phillies don't ask for far too much or their potential trade partners attempt to acquire Paps for too little, he should be moved within the next few weeks. That'll make him happy, too, as Papelbon said he'd be "disappointed" if he weren't dealt from the last-place, clearly rebuilding Phillies during the last guaranteed year of his deal.

Who could Papelbon help? Basically every contending team or one on the bubble. He has a 1.56 ERA, and has struck out 9.4 batters per nine, helping him along to a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly five. He's inducing a career-high ground ball rate of 51 percent, so he's either striking opponents out on his own or making it easy for the defense behind him to put them away. He's one of the greatest closers ever, having one of his greatest seasons ever, and while he has a vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games this season, that's a bargain for a pitcher this good.

The problem with the Papelbon deal when it was signed before 2012 was the Phillies' insistence on making it happen right away -- it cost them two draft picks -- and that it was a four-year deal for a reliever with an easily vested option. Papelbon has now made it through almost the entire contract, though, so the risk is significantly lessened. If you could sign Papelbon or Craig Kimbrel for $13 million one-year contracts every season, you should, and would. Papelbon will find a new home shortly because of this. The question at this point is mostly what the Phillies will get back in exchange.


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