According to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon, the Los Angeles Dodgers will pursue Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon to help sure up their bullpen.
Spoke to a baseball source today who said he expects the #Dodgers to pursue Jonathan Papelbon
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) July 16, 2014
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.