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Jonathan Papelbon gave up a pair of hits but hung in there to convert his 25th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Papelbon yielded a leadoff single to David Peralta and a one-out single to Miguel Montero, but he got a strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt and induced a double-play ball from Martin Prado to end it. The fiery reliever boasts a 1.83 ERA and has converted 25 of 28 save chances this season. It's possible he could change teams before the trade deadline.
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the trade market for Jonathan Papelbon "seems light, if existent."
Papelbon has had a fine season, posting a 1.91 ERA while saving 24 games in 28 chances, but Heyman says "there seemingly isn't strong interest," especially with the Angels and Tigers having already acquired relievers. The Phillies are prepared to eat a portion of the $18 million guaranteed to Papelbon through the end of next season, but he also has a vesting option for 2016, something that Heyman notes "can be sticky for acquiring teams."
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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Tigers are "keeping tabs on all relievers, including Jonathan Papelbon."
The two also say that the Tigers are interested in Antonio Bastardo. Detroit appears dead set on adding at least one bullpen piece at the deadline, as they've also been connected to Brad Ziegler, Joaquin Benoit and Joakim Soria. The Tigers have publicly backed Joe Nathan as closer, but it's possible he could be demoted depending on who they're able to acquire.
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A source tells Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he expects the Dodgers to pursue Jonathan Papelbon.
The Dodgers already have a competent closer in Kenley Jansen, but setup man Brian Wilson has been terrible and the Dodgers have the financial wherewithal to take on a portion of Papelbon's remaining salary. Papelbon recently told reporters he would welcome a deal to a contender, so getting him to waive his no-trade clause to head west shouldn't be a problem.
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Jonathan Papelbon said Wednesday that it would be a "no-brainer" to waiver his no-trade clause in order to be dealt to a contender.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Papelbon has "never expressed to me that he's been unhappy," but he's not surprised the closer is willing to be dealt. "Why wouldn't players want to play on a contending team?" the GM added. "It's really rather simple." Papelbon is owed about $19 million through the end of next season and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016, so the Phils will surely have to eat some money in order to make a trade happen. However, Papelbon probably does look attractive to a contender with a 1.24 ERA and 22 saves in 24 opportunities.
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Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save for the third consecutive day, slamming the door on the Brewers in the ninth inning as the Phillies earned a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.
Papelbon had another 1-2-3 inning, also his third in a row. The Phillies will likely have to rely on Jake Diekman or Ken Giles in the ninth inning if they need to in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Papelbon is 22-for-24 in save chances with a 1.24 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 32/9 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.
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Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 21st save, pitching a perfect ninth inning as the Phillies went home winners against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Papelbon has saved both of the Phillies' wins, both with perfect ninth innings, to open the four-game set against the Brewers. The right-hander has been among baseball's best closers thus far, having saved 21 of 23 with a 1.27 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings.
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Jonathan Papelbon converted his 19th save of the season, blanking the Marlins in the ninth inning in Thursday's victory.
It was Papelbon's first appearance in a save situation since June 24, and his first appearance overall since Sunday. The layoff didn't affect Papelbon, as he struck out two in the effort. The right-hander has had a great season despite diminished velocity, now 19-for-21 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, and a 30/9 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings.
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Jonathan Papelbon held the Marlins scoreless in the ninth inning to pick up his 18th save in Tuesday's victory.
Papelbon allowed a two-out single to Giancarlo Stanton, but was able to get Casey McGehee to ground out to shortstop to end the game. The closer lowered his ERA to 1.48 and now carries a 0.99 WHIP with a 25/9 K/BB ratio. Papelbon is 18-for-20 in save opportunities.
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Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 17th save in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.
With the Phillies now on a four-game winning streak and four games out of first place in a very weak NL East, Papelbon may be pitching for a club that now deems itself a contender. Papelbon has a 1.53 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, and a 25/9 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings, but his remaining salary ($13 million in each of 2014-15 plus a $13 million vesting option for 2016) would make it difficult if the Phillies were to attempt to trade him.