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Papelbon placed on waivers, claimed by AL team

Aug 4, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

Don't freak out or anything, but Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been claimed on waivers by an American League team.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was claimed on waivers Wednesday by an American League Team. 

It means nothing.  Let’s get that out of the way first.  As Craig pointed out Tuesday, most players are put on waivers in August.  And it’s not at all surprising that other teams are interested in Papelbon despite the $9.35 million salary that he’s earning this season. 

Some in the baseball industry think that Papelbon may be floated on the trading block this winter because he’s due a raise via salary arbitration and the Red Sox are nearly ready to install the hard-throwing Daniel Bard as their next closer.  But that won’t happen while the 2010 regular season plays out and the Red Sox are likely to pull him off waivers before negotiations even get started with the mysterious American League club that claimed the 29-year-old.  Everybody remain calm.

  1. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    It is soooooooo painful to read comments all over the internet where people act like it’s a big deal whenever a player is put on waivers in August. EVERYONE is put on waivers, it’s not news until someone gets dealt.
    What’s worse is all of the people who have absolutely no clue how waivers work…it’s almost painful.

  2. naz - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    what can we get….his best years are goooooone

  3. steelers rule - Aug 4, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Red Sox fasn are hangign themselves as it was the Yanks who claimed him!

  4. Pisano - Aug 4, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    I agree , he seems to get lit up when it’s a tight situation. I think Bard is far better than Papelbon right now . He and Papi will be gone at the end of this year .

  5. TominNH - Aug 4, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    I dont think Papelbon ever intended to re-sign with Boston when he became a free agent! I think he’s pissed cuz he hasnt been offered a long term deal! He’s been going downhill since he changed his motion! He’s not a slam the door closer anymore!

  6. TominNH - Aug 4, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Pisano………… I think that given this year, the Sox will pick up his option for $12M After next year, some of the best hitting prospects Boston has will be ready, if not sooner!

  7. Maxa - Aug 4, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    It seems strange for the author to point out that this isn’t really news–if it isn’t really news, why make a post about it?

  8. quint - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    He doesn’t want one. He wanted to set records for earnings and service time and he has.

  9. okr1st - Aug 5, 2010 at 5:53 AM

    This is news because it’s not really news

  10. Pisano - Aug 5, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    I don’t see them spending 12m on him , but you never know what Theo will do . He has shocked me this year with some of his moves .

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