Jun 29, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Rumors: Dodgers To Pursue Jonathan Papelbon

According to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon, the Los Angeles Dodgers will pursue Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon to help sure up their bullpen.

The Dodgers are desperate for more bullpen help and a player of Papelbon’s caliber would certainly be welcomed by the boys in blue. Earlier this week news broke that the 33-year old five-time All-Star was interested in being traded to a winning ballclub. Well, the Dodgers would certainly fit that bill considering they have the best record in the National League at 54-43.

The Phillies, currently 42-53 and fifth in the NL East, are apparently willing to deal Papelbon, along with other star caliber players as they try to re-tool for the future.

Papelbon has a no-trade clause in his contract; however, one would have to believe he would approve of a trade to Los Angeles. The Dodgers, in return, would likely have to give up a top tier prospect, though they likely would be able to hang on to Joc Pederson, Julio Urias, and Corey Seager.

Papelbon is making $13M this season with in under contract next season for an additional $13M. Through 37 innings this year Papelbon has been spectacular. In 24 chances out of the bullpen, Papelbon has a 1.32 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 22 saves. He has 308 saves in his Major League career.

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