Phillies Still Talking to Brewers, Jays about Pap

Originally posted on The Zo Zone:

Jonathan PapelbonThe Phillies are still talking to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a Jonathan Papelbon trade.

Two sources said this evening that talks are alive, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear. Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that the Phillies and Brewers were in serious negotiations. FOXSports.com mentioned the Blue Jays’ interest.

In the following days, reports surfaced that a deal with either team is unlikely.

But that has not stopped them from continuing to talk about Papelbon.

Both teams need a closer and Papelbon would fill a void, but there are serious sticking points. First, Papelbon will make $13 million this season. He also has a $13 million club option for 2016 that automatically vests if he finishes just 48 games this season. The Phillies will have to eat some of that salary to make a deal happen. Second, Papelbon has limited no-trade rights and he might require…

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The State of Save Percentage

Originally posted on Hockey Graphs:

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Currently save percentage is the single best statistic for evaluating goaltenders… which is unfortunate as save percentage is extremely rudimentary and a suboptimal statistic.

There are two important factors for a statistic to be useful: that it impacts wins and the individual can either control or push the needle. Save percentage has both.

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