Phillies Still Talking to Brewers, Jays about Pap

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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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