Papelbon Trade is a Tough Sell Because of Ruben Amaro’s Terrible Contracts

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, rumors came out that the Milwaukee Brewers were about to make a giant mistake and trade something of some value to the Phillies for Jonathan Papelbon. The Brewers were interested in Papelbon, but as soon as those reports heated up, they subsided. Why? Because Ruben Amaro’s vesting options, like in many of the contracts he draws up, are a real problem.

According to Ken Rosenthal, Papelbon’s $13 million vesting option for 2016 is making any deal for him difficult. The problem comes from the money that would have to change hands in the deal, since Papelbon’s money owed is a bit of a question mark:

It’s difficult enough for teams to agree upon how much money should be in a trade. It’s even more difficult when they don’t know how much the player is owed. So, as much the Phillies need to trade Papelbon, the whole thing is easier said than done …

But why would the Phillies pay, say, an unnecessary $6 million on the vesting option when a more attractive financial and prospect package might become available in July?

Rosenthal adds that the Phillies could give some closing opportunities to Ken Giles early in the season, making it harder for Papelbon to reach the 48 games finished mark that activates his option. Then, knowing whatever team gets him wouldn’t have to worry about paying him a ridiculous option, Papelbon all of a sudden becomes more tradable. Of course, Papelbon would probably light the clubhouse on fire if the Phils tried to pull those shenanigans. Either way, he’s not very appealing at the moment.


6 Responses

  1. I read a story about FrancesaCon in New York this weekend. It got me thinking of the mileage this “blog” could get out of merely talking about a MissanelliCon, or an EnnisCon, or an EskinCon.

    Then I remembered Kyle sucks dick for a living and Jim is a talentless hack with less Twitter followers than ME (seriously!). And I jerked off instead.

  2. My head hurts from listening to Marks yell to nobody while on the air. Him and his partner absolutely suck.

  3. I bet Ruben Amaro bought himself two shiny new DeLoreans when they came out. One to drive, and one to keep mint so he could sell it for a profit in like 250 years.

  4. wow, another post saying how shitty rubens deals are. no shit.
    go back to sucking sixers dick.

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