Just a few days ago, Phillies fans awoke with a flutter of joy in their chests because we all thought Jonathan Papelbon might be traded. Oh what a joy it would have been, to send away a clubhouse cancer and all-around douchebag to clear a spot for Ken Giles to step into the closer role. But just yesterday, we talked about how hard it will be to move Papelbon because of Ruben Amaro’s ridiculous, vesting option-laden contracts, and it looks like the Brewers caught on.
According to Matt Lombardo, Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin thinks the deal dead. “It doesn’t appear there’s any momentum to it right now,” Melvin said. “It could be revived later, I guess, but right now there’s nothing happening. Whatever traction there was seems to have dissipated.”
Ken Rosenthal’s piece on Papelbon’s contract mentioned that Paps might find a more interested suitor if it becomes apparent that his 2016 vesting option won’t activate, but that would likely require him to wear the Phillies’ red pinstripes for at least a few more months. We’re already going to have to deal with bad baseball, and that’s okay, but more Paps? Get him out of here. Please?