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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Jonathan Papelbon said Thursday that he would waive his no-trade clause to pitch for the Blue Jays.
Papelbon was being courted by the Brewers, but they re-signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million contract on Thursday morning. The Blue Jays might now be his best bet to get out of Philadelphia, where a rebuild is in full swing. "Yes, Toronto, interests me -- if it interests [Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.]," Papelbon told "I know some of the guys on their coaching staff. They’re a good team. If Ruben can do a deal with them, I’d be interested." Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. Feb 26 - 3:02 PM

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Talks between the Brewers and Phillies regarding Jonathan Papelbon are currently "dormant," a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The Phillies were only willing to pay a significant portion of Papelbon's salary if they received a top prospect in return, Rosenthal said, an idea the Brewers balked at. The Brewers offered to send Jonathan Broxton to the Phillies to balance out the salaries, but that idea doesn't make much sense from a Phillies perspective. Papelbon remains a candidate to be dealt, but it's looking increasingly likely that he'll open camp with the Phillies.
Feb 11 - 11:21 PM

The Brewers and Phillies continue to discuss a deal for Jonathan Papelbon, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman notes the primary holdup in a deal is the difference in opinion on what the Phillies' return should be for the 34-year-old closer. Another issue believed to have been holding the deal back previously, Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016, doesn't appear to be at the heart of the holding pattern, Heyman said, so it's likely just the players involved that needs to be hammered out. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro continues to insist other teams are involved as well, while several free agent relief options remain for the Brewers.
Feb 4 - 6:14 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Monday that trade talks involving Jonathan Papelbon are "still alive."

"We’re still having discussion — and not just with one club," Amaro said. The Brewers remain the most likely landing spot for Papelbon, with CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury saying talks "are ongoing and have been for some time." Salisbury adds that while the Blue Jays have "poked around" on Papelbon, their interest in the closer is "mild." The biggest stumbling block over a Phillies/Brewers trade is Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016, an option the closer will require to be picked up in order to facilitate a deal.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 2 - 8:48 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gets the impression that the Brewers would like to pull off a trade with the Phillies for closer Jonathan Papelbon.

As Haudricourt notes, the situation is complicated, as Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. He has a no-trade clause, so he may ask for the option to be fully guaranteed in order to accept a deal. If the Brewers are unable to work out a deal for Papelbon, they could still look to Francisco Rodriguez as a fallback.
Jan 28 - 1:49 PM

According to's Todd Zolecki, the Brewers and Blue Jays are both still interested in Jonathan Papelbon.

The Brewers and Phillies have been talking for weeks, but recent reports have suggested that the momentum toward an actual swap has died. The Jays' interest seems a little fresher. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. The veteran reliever has a no-trade clause and may ask Milwaukee or Toronto to make that option guaranteed if a deal gets close. For what it's worth, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is still hearing that the Blue Jays' interest in Papelbon is "extremely limited."
Source: MLBlogs
Jan 27 - 5:59 PM

The Brewers and Phillies haven't talked about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade in two days, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"It doesn’t appear there’s any momentum to it right now," said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "It could be revived later, I guess, but right now there’s nothing happening. "Whatever traction there was seems to have dissipated." Haudricourt said the main issues remain Papelbon's no-trade clause and a vesting $13 million option in 2016, part of which the Brewers would ask the Phillies to pick up. At this point, someone will have to give some ground to make a deal work.
Jan 24 - 6:56 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Jonathan Papelbon deal to the Brewers is "on life support, at best."

That's quite a change from Friday, when the deal was said to be basically complete. The hangup seems to be money, as the two sides hadn't agreed on how much money the Phillies would pick up in a potential deal. If the Brewers don't deal for Papelbon, it's unclear if he'll be changing addresses this offseason.
Jan 24 - 6:25 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the "last remaining obstacle" to a trade sending Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers is deciding how much money from the reliever's $13 million 2016 option the Phillies would pick up.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal indicated earlier Friday that a deal wasn't close, but based on Stark's report it appears it could be coming together quickly. Papelbon would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to be shipped to Milwaukee, but Stark says that won't be an issue. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games, but the reliever would want the option picked up in order to agree to a trade.
Jan 23 - 9:55 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in order to waive his no-trade clause, Jonathan Papelbon would likely require a team on his no-trade list to guarantee his $13 million option for 2016.

The option would vest with 48 games finished -- a number Papelbon has reached in every one of his full seasons -- but having it guaranteed would protect him should he get injured. Rosenthal says the Blue Jays' interest in the closer is "very limited," so at this point it sounds like he'll either be traded to the Brewers or stay put. Papelbon has not yet been asked to waive his no-trade clause, so it doesn't appear a deal is close yet.
Jan 23 - 9:09 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in addition to the Brewers, the Blue Jays have also inquired on Jonathan Papelbon.

Rosenthal notes that both clubs are on the reliever's no-trade list and he has yet to agree to waive the clause for either team. While Rosenthal agrees with Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan (who was first to report the Papelbon/Milwaukee news) that talks between the Phillies and Brewers have picked up in recent weeks, he says a deal is "not close" to going down at this point. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016.
Jan 23 - 8:37 AM

According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the Brewers and Phillies are having serious talks about Jonathan Papelbon.

It's really hard to see why the Brewers would go after Papelbon when Francisco Rodriguez is still sitting out there in free agency. Perhaps the Phillies would pay down Papelbon's $13 million salary to a comparable level to what Rodriguez will get, but if that's the case, they'd probably want solid prospects in return. It'd be a lot easier for the Brewers to just re-sign the guy who saved 44 games last year or, if he's being too stubborn, move on to fellow free agent Rafael Soriano. If the Phillies trade Papelbon, they could sign one of the veteran closers as a stopgap. Everyone would love to see Ken Giles get the job, but considering the arbitration salaries of closers, it could be considerably cheaper for the Phillies in the long run if they spend a few million to keep him in a setup role this year.
Jan 23 - 2:20 AM

Jonathan Papelbon worked around a one-out double to save his 39th game of the season in Friday's win against the Braves.

It's the 325th save of the veteran's career. Papelbon at the end of another terrific -- though at times controversial -- season, having gone 39-for-43 in save opportunities with a 2.04 ERA.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:50:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon closed the book on the Marlins in the ninth inning of Wednesday's victory, earning his 38th save of the season.

It was Papelbon's first appearance after having served his seven-game suspension for making a rude gesture to a booing Philadelphia crowd. He picked up where he left off, saving games with ease. With the season near its completion, Papelbon is 38-for-42 in save chances with a 2.07 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and a 62/15 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has been activated from suspension.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he will use Papelbon if a save situation arises on Tuesday night. Papelbon was suspended seven games for appearing to grab his crotch toward the fans in Philadelphia on September 14. He then got into a physical altercation with umpire Joe West.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 04:32:00 PM

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