Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
Phillies star closer Jonathan Papelbon expressed his dissatisfaction with what's going on with the Phillies. But here's some news for him: He's almost surely stuck there. "I can't imagine anyone taking that contract of his and giving Philadelphia pieces back'' one rival executive said basically echoing the sentiments of several asked about Papelbon. Papelbon is having a decent statistical year with a 2-0 record 2.21 ERA and 20 saves in 25 chances. But his $13-million salary and inability to fit quietly into a clubhouse makes him nothing more than a giveaway as a trade piece according to competing execs. (Though if he keeps talking maybe the Phillies would consider the giveaway route.) People around the league suggest his name isn't being heard in trade talks. And that shouldn't be surprising. They are in freefall but no one is anxious to take Papelbon. Not now. The Tigers added Jose Veras in a low-risk low-cost trade Monday morning. And there is zero evidence the Red Sox would even think about taking Papelbon back -- as much as he wants to praise the Red Sox now. Boston is very pleased by the emergence of Koji Uehara as viable closer lately. The Red Sox may be the last one to want Papelbon anyway. They once lived with Papelbon and while he helped them win a World Series championship that doesn't mean they want to re-live those days with him. Even if Philly could find a big-market team desperate for a closer two executives asked about Papelbon said it isn't only the contract that makes him less desirable but his reputation as someone who doesn't fit easily into clubhouses. Some outside the organization say they've heard he's an especially bad fit in their clubhouse of serious quiet veteran professionals.
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