The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly in discussions to send closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Milwaukee Brewers, according to multiple media reports.
Papelbon’s contract calls for a $13 million salary this season with a $13 million option for 2016 that vests if he finishes 48 games this year. It also includes a no-trade clause that can block deals to 17 teams, including the Brewers. It could be waived however if the vesting option for 2016 becomes guaranteed.
The Phillies are in rebuilding mode and are dumping salaries. They’ve already trimmed $40 million off of their estimated opening day payroll.
The 34-year-old Papelbon had 39 saves and a 2.04 ERA last season. In ten years in the majors, Papelbon has recorded 325 saves and a 2.37 ERA, while recording 721 strikeouts in 627.3 innings.