The season's midpoint behind them, any contenders in Major League Baseball will begin to make their moves. With the lack of dependable help and the overvaluing of the closer in today's game, the Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon is drawing some interest.
Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that the Dodgers are interested in the closer, who is seeking a trade to a contender. The Dodgers' high priced roster is currently battling the Giants for first place in the NL West, and already features a closer in Kenley Jansen.
However, set-up man Brian Wilson has been far from consistent. Papelbon would likely take on this late-inning role, for which his sparkling numbers this season (five earned runs, 23 hits, 33 SO and nine BB in 38 games for the Phillies) are well suited.
Papelbon is in the middle of a four-year, $50 million deal, of which one year and a 2016 option are remaining. The Dodgers are not afraid to spend, or overspend, and Papelbon's desire to play for a contender would lead to him gladly waiving his no-trade clause.
The Phillies would likely be able to squeeze an upper-tier prospect out of L.A., but there's a pretty crowded, talented outfield out west as well, some members of which are open for trades that allow them to play every day.