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The Phillies are “selling the [crap] out of Jonathan Papelbon”

Dec 11, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of reports on a big, big sales job:

The club also continues to look to move closer Jonathan Papelbon. “They’re selling the [crap] out of him,” a representative from one club said.

He’s owed $26 million over the next two seasons and, though the Phillies are reportedly willing to eat salary, no one is biting.


  1. meatcarroll - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM


    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Carp – just a small letter reversal

  2. historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Thank you, baby Jesus, for Nathan — also, please send Gundy to Texas. Please, please, please.

  3. number42is1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    someone get Cashman away from all forms of communication please.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Nah, it’s been a long time since Cashman has really gone nuts on a reliever. Levine, on the other hand…

  4. spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Talk about low hanging fruit. This headline begs for comment, but it is too easy.

    • pastabelly - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM


      • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM


    • crazy8sportscards - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM


  5. pisano - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I don’t think Cashman would take Papelbum unless he could get him for almost 0. Yankee fans hate this guy, all he’d have to do is blow a couple saves, and they’d torch his house.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      All he has to do is talk and I want to burn his house down and I couldn’t care less about the Phillies or RedSox.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM


      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        This explains my lifetime of C’s in English class.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      I don’t think the fans would bother setting fire to Papelbum’s house if he blew a few save’s. Setting fire to HIM…..entirely different matter.

      • courtjester1234 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        Fire? Hhmmmm. Yeah he is a little flamer.

    • bigharold - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Funny stuff but if the Yankees could get him for a good bargain I would be a bit surprised.

      Hey there was a time when nobody from south Jersey to Maine would have ever expected Damon or Youkilis as Yankees and yet it happened. To be fair neither Youkilis nor Damon come across as a complete jackass when they talk so they have an advantage over Papelbon.

      What’s the worse that could happen, .. a relief pitcher running around the Bronx on fire??

      • JJT - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Actually, every time Damon opened his mouth in front of a microphone, the collected IQ of Major League Baseball dropped another five points. He may not have come across as a complete jackass, but you could see it from here.

      • lazlosother - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        Agree’d BH. Nobody thought Ellsbury would be a Yank either.

      • dand66 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Ellsbury is a Boras client, so the Yankees were always in play. If you sign on with Boras, then you’re saying that it’s all about the $$$.

    • anxovies - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Naw, everybody likes it when somebody repents. If he came in and made a few saves, especially against the Sox, the fans would go wild. Remember the Rocket? Haven’t followed him lately but he has a low ERA and WHIP, why are people saying his skills are declining?

  6. goawaydog - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    what’s the old Cheech and Chong bit? “it looks like “crap”, it smells like “crap”, tastes like “crap”… good thing we didnt step in it!” the Phillies stepped in it and just can’t scrape it off their spikes.

    • yahmule - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      “Uh, Jonathan’s not here, man.”

      • historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        You got the stuff?

  7. tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Guys, they aren’t shopping him as a player.

    This just means he wrote a book of his thoughts and opinions and the Phillies are helping to market it.

  8. aphillieated - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Papelbum’s face makes me wanna break things.

  9. hockeykrishna - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    This is a shame, but his last year with the Sox, you could see that if he didn’t have two days of rest, his velo would be down 2-3mph and more importantly, the fastball would be completely flat without the late life that made it so unhittable. Late in that year there he was giving up constant piss rockets.

    Seems like that hasn’t gotten better. He never really had a great second pitch, so that makes it very troubling. My $.02 is that he’s too stubborn to work on that second pitch, so when the fastballs flat, look out………..

    • pisano - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      hockey…. I love the piss rockets, I’ll remember that one. You learn something new everyday, thanks.

  10. nymets4ever - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Well I would hope they’re “not biting” if they’re “selling the crap out of” him.

  11. missingdiz - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Some of the teams are going crazy this year, so I’m probably wrong–but maybe people are changing their opinion about closers. I’m going to sound very old school here, but not all change is progress and not all “common knowledge” is the best idea. Granted, Rivera and a relatively few others have been worth it. I was a big Eck fan and I’m not ready to repent. But most of these closers are only “great” for a year or two. And there have been quite a few cases when a star closer goes down and another reliever turns out to be very effective, at least for a while. The Cards put Motte in there–he was fine. Motte goes down, stick Mujica in there, and he was fine. I know it doesn’t always work (e.g., Boggs; e.g., Salas), but it just makes sense that you can find some guy who can come in with the bases empty and get 3 outs, at least for a while. What was special–old school alert–was the “fireman” who could come in with guys on base and the other team fired up in the middle of a rally, and shut ’em down. That takes a special mentality. I’m going to go raise a toast to Rollie Fingers.

  12. nbjays - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    So… selling the crap out of Papelbon leaves you with an empty uniform?

  13. ryanrockzzz - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    You’d think the Phillies will find a taker eventaully, provided they cover most of the contract. By now the same things keep surfacing- fastball is losing velocity and the K rate is going down- but Papelbon actually pitched decent despite those numbers. If he can adjust, he can probably close somewhat effectively for two more years, certainly can contribute to a team.

    What a bad offseason for the Phillies. All of Amaro’s long term deals have really done this team in.

  14. spc7ray - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    He is still a very good pitcher-actually better than a whole lot of closers out there-He just doesn’t like Philly–The Angels should try to work out a deal for him–they wont because Diporto is Didumb–They have a couple of players they can trade and Philly would pay a lot of Papelbons contract–this could be done

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