Found May 23, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The Boston Red Sox allowed long-time closer Jonathan Papelbon to exit via free agency two offseasons ago. He's continued to perform at a high level with the Philadelphia Phillies, while the Red Sox closing situation has been mired by injury and ineffectiveness. While it might not seem likely to happen, one National League general manager told Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe that it wouldn't be far-fetched to see Papelbon return to the Red Sox. “Not far-fetched,” said one National League GM. “The Red Sox lost [Joel] Hanrahan, and [Andrew] Bailey is not a sure thing. If they feel they’re going to be in contention and they’re having trouble in that area, why not?”  The Red Sox have lost Joel Hanrahan -- who entered the season as the team's closer -- for the remainder of the year due to injury. Andrew Bailey has taken over the role, and while he's been effective this season, he's also proven to be injury-prone. There are a lot of things that would need to happen in order for a trade to take place. The Red Sox have already doled out multiple young players -- including Josh Reddick -- to acquire Bailey and Hanrahan. Considering Bailey has been acceptable since sliding back into the role of closer, Boston could elect to stick with him. Philadelphia also isn't a sure bet to become sellers this summer. They have a veteran-laden roster, and they could prove hesitant to deal from their core and fully commit to rebuilding for the future. Beyond Papelbon, the Phillies have to make decisions on Roy Halladay, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, and potentially Cliff Lee and Jimmy Rollins. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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