What would it take to get Papelbon?
July, 15, 2014
By Jim Bowden | ESPN Insider
Rick Yeatts/Getty ImagesJonathan Papelbon is holding opposing hitters to a .177 batting average this season.Over the course of July, Jim Bowden will be looking at a number of high-profile trade candidates and explain what it would take for certain clubs to acquire that player.
Player: Jonathan Papelbon | RP | Philadelphia Phillies
Possible destinations: Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels
Why? Angels GM Jerry Dipoto stopped by the GM's office recently and said he's not done making moves; he'd like to add another reliever. Since DiPoto became the team's GM in October 2011, he has needed a defibrillator for many of the ninth innings; only three AL teams have blown more saves since the start of 2012. It's time for the Angels to solve it once and for all, and although they're hoping newly acquired Jason Grilli is the answer, they know Papelbon would be. Papelbon has converted 22 saves with a 1.21 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 37 1/3 innings pitched. This is a no-brainer move for the Angels if they can get it done.
Who? The Phillies will target all of the Angels' top prospects, focusing more on overall quality rather than positional needs, realizing they could always spin the acquired assets for needs down the road.