No, not a bobblehead day, but an actual player. Today, baseball writer Jon Heyman called Papelbon a player the Phillies could only give away with nothing in return. I think he’s being generous. I think they would even have to pay some of his salary, too.
Here’s a piece Heyman wrote about this very topic. In it he quotes on baseball executive saying: ” I can’t imagine anyone taking that contract of his and giving Philadelphia pieces back.” One Red Sox person said that the Phillies “can’t be surprised” he’s causing problems in the clubhouse. Heyman also writes that “some outside the organization say they’ve heard he’s an especially bad fit in their clubhouse of serious, quiet veteran professionals.” Quiet veteran clubhouse? That sounds a lot like the Phillies.
This contract could turn out to be the second-worse for Amaro after Ryan Howard’s.