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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Brewers reportedly interested in acquiring Jonathan Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon Joe West

The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly interested in working out a trade for Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Phillies have engaged the Brewers in trade talks as they continue to look for ways to blow up their roster and trim payroll. Papelbon has a no-trade clause in his contract that can block moves to 17 teams, and it is unclear if Milwaukee is one of those teams.

Papelbon is set to make $13 million in 2015 with a $13 million vesting option for 2016 if he appears in 48 games next season. He finished with 39 saves and a 2.04 ERA last season. The Brewers recently traded Yovani Gallardo and his $13 million salary to the Texas Rangers, so they have the space needed to take on Papelbon.

Overall, Papelbon has not seemed happy in Philadelphia. The team was displeased with him last year after he was suspended for making this obscene gesture toward the fans. A divorce would probably be best for all parties.

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