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Report: Phillies Targeting Three Teams for Possible Papelbon Trade

Jun 17, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT


The way things have been going on the field lately, doomsday doesn’t seem too far off in the horizon for the Phillies. Ruben Amaro Jr. is readying the button.

According to a report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Phillies have begun scouting the farm systems of three Major League teams that may be interested in acquiring closer Jonathan Papelbon at the trade deadline. Cafardo also indicates Amaro is not high on the idea of shipping out Cliff Lee, the subject of numerous trade rumors since before the season began.

Apparently RAJ believes the Phils can get a significant return of prospects for Pap, who is 13 for 13 in save opportunities this season, without gutting the roster.

2. Jonathan Papelbon, RHP, Phillies — The Phillies believe there are at least three teams — Red Sox, Tigers, and Cardinals — that may have some interest in Papelbon at the trade deadline. It’s no secret the Phillies are scouting those teams with Papelbon in mind. Ruben Amaro Jr. came out and said last week that he’s not ready to “blow up” the Phillies. And while the Philadelphia GM is not crazy about moving Cliff Lee, Papelbon could provide the “retooling” with younger players the Phillies need.

As superb as Papelbon has been, it’s clear closer is a luxury for the Phillies right now. His 13 saves are tied for eighth in the National League, which means he’s not getting enough opportunities to justify his roughly $13-million-per-year salary, and Charlie Manuel won’t utilize Pap in almost any other situation.

Edward Mujica has 19 saves and a 1.82 for the Cardinals, which would seem to make them a curious target for Papelbon. The Tigers’ Jose Valdevere is 35 though, and has blown three of 12 save opportunities this year. The Red Sox also make sense per the following report via NESN:

Just over a month ago, Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan was diagnosed with a torn flexor muscle tendon, and shortly after underwent season-ending surgery. Since returning from the disabled list in late May, now-closer Andrew Bailey has gone 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA and three saves in four opportunities in nine innings of work.

Papelbon was asked about the possibility of returning to Boston during their series against the Phils back in May, an idea to which he sounded receptive. Can’t say I blame him with his former teammates clutching to first place in the AL East while the Fightins are headed back in the wrong direction.

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  1. Stan - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I say gut ‘em.

    Watching the Phillies the last two weeks has been an awful experience (paying for MLB Extra Innings too) and there’s just no sign of things turning around in time for a playoff push.

    I’d rather casually watch a game here and there knowing that they’re building a better team in the near future than sit through this dredge that Amaro thinks still has a chance.

  2. Ghost of Marion Campbell - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Let’s see if Ruin can get this one right. Leyland needs a closer badly. Hold the Tigers up for Nick Castellanos and see what happens. Detroit has nowhere to play this kid right now. Could be the long-term solution for the Phils at 3B, something we haven’t had since Michael Jack.

    • Andy - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      cody ashe?

      • Ghost of Marion Campbell - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        True. Asche has been hitting decently at Lehigh Valley (.784 OPS). I’m just afraid he may turn out to be another Darin Ruf. Castellanos is ready now. Would have been up last year if not for the obvious (Miggy).

  3. MFXM - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    If, and I say if, we can get an everyday position starter, like Milwaukee did with their shortstop (Segura?), and another near position ready player, plus a high level pitcher, got to do it.
    As good as Paps has been, last night notwithstanding, he isn’t going to lead us to a pennant. Strike while the iron is hot as there are several teams that desperately need one.
    Hopefully, this will be to an American League team, or the Cardinals who have deep talent out the gazoo.

  4. PhilsPhaninPalmHarbor - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    And who exactly will the Phillies trot out in the ninth inning after Lee &, Hamels with a 1-run lead?

    • carol reggiano - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      I am sure Lee & Hamels are quite capable (barring injury–Lee last start developed a blister) of finishing the game.

      • PhilsPhaninPalmHarbor - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Not in todays game Carol.

        I can just see it now – Lee or Hamels leave the game with a 2-1 lead, in comes Bastardo/Defratus/Horst. Phillies batting in the bottom of the 9th down by a run or two.

        Unless the plan calls for an instant upgrade to the offense (ie proven ML hitters), keep Pap! Otherwise just watch our two best pitchers look for a way out of town.

  5. Steve - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    There is only one player that I would consider as a keeper on the team and that is Cliff Lee.I think it is time to blow up the team and get the most bang for the buck with players like Papelbon,Hamels.Brown.If someone was interested in Howard,I would trade him in a heart beat.I am thankful for the parade in 2008 and will never forget that team but it is time to work on the next one.

  6. Wagger - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Good to know that they’re just starting to look now.It’s their full time job. They should have a short list at all times of guys they want from every teams farm clubs.I wish somebody with a game plan would take charge of this team


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