PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — According to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo.com, the Philadelphia Phillies are in “serious discussions” to send closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Papelbon, 34, makes $13 million this season and he will make another $13 million in 2016, as long he finishes 48 games this year. The vesting option also includes a no-trade clause where Papelbon can block a trade to 17 teams, including the Brewers, according to Jim Salisbury.
The Phillies have already begun unloading some of their aging core trading the franchise’s all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Jayson Stark reports, “Just to clarify, Papelbon would waive no-trade and accept deal to Brewers but would want option guaranteed if teams agree how to split the money.”