Papelbon’s Options Dwindling

Jonathan PapelbonJonathan Papelbon made it crystal clear he wants to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Why would anybody want to play on a losing team, he said recently?

But the past couple games have not helped his cause. A night after he blew his third save of the season in a 9-6 loss to the Giants in 14 innings at Citizens Bank Park, he allowed three runs in the ninth inning in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Giants. It was the first time he allowed runs in back-to-back appearances this season after allowing runs in only three of his first 39 appearances.

“I think if you were to put an entire season into two games it would be pretty dumb,” Papelbon said.

Papelbon is 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 23 saves in 26 opportunities, so he could help a contending team. But with the Tigers acquiring Joakim Soria from the Rangers on Wednesday and the Angels recently acquiring Huston Street from the Padres, there are fewer and fewer landing spots for the Phillies’ closer.

“Nope,” he said, asked if the news about Soria disappointed him. “I have no control over that. I don’t worry about things in life I have no control over.”

But the possibility certainly exists Papelbon could be in Philly after the 31st.

“I have no control over it,” he said. “I love the bullpen that I’m in right now. I love the guys down there. To me, it makes no difference. Whatever happens, happens. I have no control over that. What are you going to do? I don’t really worry about it. I try to prepare every day and do my best. Let the hits land where they land and let the umpires call the calls they call.”


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Papelbon is probably seen by teams as bringing a lot of baggage in with him with his alter ego Ocho Cincho – it’s an act that not many teams want to bring in at this point.

Ugh, in actuality it’s Cincho Ocho–58, his player number. Unless you were listing him last name first–Ocho, Cincho? In any event, he’s wrong. HE DOES have control over what happens to him. If he would have done his job and not lost these last 2 games to the Giants, scouts at the game might have a different impression of his talent. His worth really dropped these last 2 games. Does that mean we’re stuck with him? Appears so.

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This whole team is out of options, in so many ways. TG football is not far away.

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