But What Are They Getting?
There are reports out there (I originally saw this on Phillies Nation) stating that the Phillies are shopping Papelbon in order to get a cheaper closer. As you see in the article, Papelbon is owed $13 million for the next two, and possibly three more years. That’s a Ruben contract for you right there.
This reminds me of something that happens often on the History Channel show “Pawn Stars”. People come in with what they want to sell and say “I’ve seen it listed on the internet for $500,000”. And the owner invariably responds with “Is that what they’re asking, or is that what they’re getting?” In other words, you can try to sell anything at whatever price you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be sold.
So, the Phillies can shop Papelbon all they want, but it would really, really be shocking if someone wanted him. The Phillies would have to eat a lot of that contract and expect next to nothing in return. Not only does Papelbon have a bad attitude, he doesn’t have the performance to back it up. His velocity is decreasing as so many people, including myself, pointed out last year, and he can barely finish games. He says he is not hurt, so we have to assume he’s just lost it. That’s not a good thing when you owe a guy that much money. Ryan Lawrence of the Daily News has a good article about all this.