Phillies 'EXTREMELY' motivated to move Papelbon
Papelbon could make close to $40 million over the next 3 seasons if his 2016 option vests.
Folks who've talked with PHI say they're EXTREMELY motivated to move Papelbon. Could cost $39m for 2014-2016 seasons if '16 option vests.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2013
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has a reputation as one of the most traditional GM in baseball, but even he can't justify an eight-figure closer on a team that could struggle again in 2014.
It looks like a case of buyer's remorse, but what did Amaro think was going to happen?
Papelbon's career high in innings pitched was the 70 he threw in his first season in Philadelphia. He made $11 million that season. And $13 million in 2013. And he'll make $13 million in 2014 and 2015 as well. His 2016 option is for the same amount and it vests if Papelbon finishes 55 games in 2015 or 100 from 2014-15.
Having good relievers is certainly a large part of what has made good teams better in the past (Boston and Koji Uehara come to mind), but Amaroex will likely have a tough time finding a decent return for Papelbon due to his lucrative contract. In the end, the Phillies might have to swallow some cash to facilitate a deal.
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