PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Jonathan Papelbon has never been one to mince words. As the Phillies return from a nine-game road trip 1-8, with eight straight losses, his words could cut glass.
“It’s going to take, in my opinion, a lot [to turn things around],” he said to MLB.COM’s Todd Zolecki. “And in my opinion, I think it’s going to have to be something very similar to what the Red Sox went through a couple years ago. From top to bottom.”
Papelbon, whose decreased velocity has made it tougher for him to be as effective as he once was, is still under contract for two more seasons after 2013. There is also a vesting option for the 2016 season on his original four-year, $50 million deal.
“I would like to stay here,” Papelbon said. “But if I’m going to have to put up with this year after year, then no, I don’t want to be here. Why would you? Why would anybody?”
The Phillies return home for a nine-game homestand on Tuesday, with the first of three games against the Giants.