Papelbon: ‘Trade Me’ or Get Off the Pot

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) adjusts his cap after giving up a two-run double to New York Yankees Garrett Jones during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 22, 2015, in New York. The Phillies won 11-8. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) adjusts his cap after giving up a two-run double to New York Yankees Garrett Jones during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 22, 2015, in New York. The Phillies won 11-8. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo is covering the Phillies this week at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, which means he is covering Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon made it very clear today he wants to be traded to a contender ASAP.

DiComo has the story:

CINCINNATI – Vocal and effusive about his desire to be traded, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon spent his sixth All-Star media day trumpeting his desire to move on from Philadelphia.

“I want to go to a contender,” said Papelbon, the Phillies’ lone representative at the 2015 All-Star Game. “I do want to get out of Philly but I need to make a smart decision. I’ll make a decision that’s best for me to go to a place to contend to win a championship. That’s basically what my whole decision is going to be based on.”

In many ways, the decision is not Papelbon’s to make. The Phillies have been trying to deal their closer since before the 2013 Trade Deadline, but so far have been unable to find a suitable match. Making $13 million this season, Papelbon owns a $13 million club option for 2016 that automatically vests if he finishes 48 games. He’s on pace to do that, going 14-for-14 in save situations with a 1.60 ERA.

Papelbon cannot negotiate his own trade. But he can veto deals with a partial no-trade clause, and has said he would do so to avoid moving to a setup role or a non-contending team.

Other than that, Papelbon said, would like to part ways from the 29-62 Phillies, baseball’s worst team by a significant margin.

“This isn’t what I signed up for,” said Papelbon, who left the Red Sox for a four-year, $50-million deal with the Phillies before the 2012 season. “I signed up on a team that won 102 games, and was expecting certain things. Now, it didn’t happen, and I tried to ride that ship as much as I can. I’ve tried to keep my mouth shut as much as I can. But it’s time to you-know-what or get off the pot.

“I feel like three years is plenty enough time to ‘ride it out,’ so to speak. If fans can’t understand it, I can’t really side with them on that. I’m getting older and I don’t know how many more years I have left in this game. I don’t know how many All-Star Games I have left. None of that’s guaranteed. For me, I’m just trying to be on a winning ballclub and win as many rings as I can before it’s all said and done, and I’m coaching [son] Gunner in Little League. That’s really all I’m trying to do.

“From my perspective, I don’t understand how a fan couldn’t understand that. I understand that they wear their hearts on their sleeves and all that stuff, but for me, I’m in it to compete and to win. And I don’t have that opportunity in this organization. And I also feel like I gave this organization as many opportunities as they can to put a winning ballclub out there and as many chances to keep me in this organization, and it just hasn’t happened.”

If Papelbon has his way, a trade is what will happen — and soon. For him, his sixth All-Star appearance is simply continued validation that he can be more useful elsewhere.

“I thought that I was going to come to Philadelphia and win two more rings,” Papelbon said. “I honestly and truthfully did. And then the downward spiral happened, and it happened so quick. It’s almost unexplainable.”

9 Comments

Dude was stupid to think he was going to a perennial contender. He saw a contract with a ridiculous amount of money. Philly offered it, he took it. Big paycheck. Set him up for life. Has a ring or two. He wanted money. Still does, but now wants to be paid to be on a contender.

His mouth is most likely what is keeping other teams from taking a chance on him. He still deals, gets outs. But combine the money, even though the Phils would eat a good portion of it, and his crappy attitude? Most can find an arm to close, or god forbid, set-up, that doesn’t poison a clubhouse.

Paps has been good, great even, for the Phils. But yanking on your junk at the fans that supplement your salary?

Phuck you!

Too bad about the ability to nix a trade. Otherwise I say trade him to Milwaukee……

Papelbon is a hot dog

give him away. Good riddance!

Greed Rules!

He’s right about one thing, the downward spiral happened so fast, it’s explainable. Even though he might be a real jerk, you can’t blame him for really wanting to leave, this has been awful. I can’t believe anyone even buys ticket to go see it….

Flush it!

Jonathan was a good player for the Phils. You want to keep players like him. What you don’t want to do is get rid of someone just to do it or just because a few broadcasters don’t like him. You have to be shrewder than that. Good players like him are tough to come by. Prospects and cash are a poor substitute.

Schreib mir einfach mal mit dem Keyword ” geile Fickanzeigen ” im Betreff
und wir verabreden uns heute noch, um eine Runde wild zu bumsen!

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