Alidar Jarok wrote:
Jonathan Papelbon has told the Phillies that he will not waive his no-trade clause to go to a team that will use him as anything less than a full-time closer.
Never give a relief pitcher a no-trade clause. Rube gonna Rube.
Just fucking cut him. That was one move that always looked unequivocally bad. It wasn't a gamble. It wasn't "well, we don't have a lot of options anyway." It was "let's get rid of the guy we have who seems just as good for somebody we can pay far, far more who happens to be a bigger name." In addition, he comes off as having a terrible attitude. He doesn't want to be here, but doesn't apparently want to be traded either.
He's far different from the players who have been here awhile and love being in Philly, but are frustrated by not winning. Or even the players who don't want to leave but might still have some trade value and might not get a choice. Or a player like Howard whose contract is an albatross, but at least earned goodwill through years of being a good part of this team. Papelbon has none of that going for him.
I agree with you, but there's one problem: Papelbon is owed potentially $26 million over the next two seasons, and Philadelphia's owners don't want just eat that as a sunk cost -- they're still paying Ryan Howard a zillion dollars to OPS like .680, there's no way they're cutting Papelbon.