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07:43 AM ET 12.23 | Nearing 300 saves, there's a chance closer Jonathan Papelbon, who has earned at least 30 saves in all but one of his seasons since 2006 in Boston, may reach the milestone with a franchise other than Philadelphia's. One of the reasons the Phillies haven't been able to find a buyer for Papelbon is the drop in velocity for the ex-Red Sox closer. Papelbon, who was regularly 95-96 in his Red Sox days, fell to 91-92 and sometimes less last season. "That was a red flag for me," said an AL scout. "He didn't look like the same guy. Whether that was physical or he just didn't have the adrenaline flowing with a bad team, I don't know." Papelbon once said he wanted to replace Mariano Rivera. Maybe he would rev it back up if he had that chance.

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December 23, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Yeah, I don't think I can stomach TWO former Sox on the team at once

December 23, 2013  08:13 AM ET

That head case will never cut it in NY.

December 23, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Yes, please sign another over-the-hill pitcher throwing in the low 90's. Just call up the kid who throws both righty and lefty, I don't care if he isn't any good but at least you can blow leads and have fun watching it instead of this joker.

December 23, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That head case will never cut it in NY.

You're probably right, but it would sure be fun to watch.

December 23, 2013  09:01 AM ET

You could see Papelbon going to the Yankees for Gardner, such a trade would fit needs for both teams.

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December 23, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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As a Sox fan, I hope to hell the Yankees acquire Papelbon. He was always somewhat inconsistent, and now his velocity is down. The Phils made a big mistake when they signed him to that big deal.

I t would be sweet, but Brian Cashman isn't that stupid.

December 23, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Lefties will eat him alive in that little bandbox. His whip went up just about every month landing at 1.80 for sept/oct. He's toast.
That said, he fits the profile the Yankys look for: must be over 32, belong to another team, grossly overpaid and best years far behind.
Yanks might have worst pitching staff in baseball. Add in their farm system and you can remove all doubt.

December 23, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That head case will never cut it in NY.

His current stuff won't cut it most anywhere.

December 23, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Signing Papelbon would not be a help. Maybe in a middle relief role but that's it.

December 23, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Signing Papelbon would not be a help. Maybe in a middle relief role but that's it.

It will NEVER happen. They are not busting up the cap more for this guy.

December 23, 2013  09:51 AM ET

The whole story is just a Globe writer throwing stuff against the wall trying to feed some fuel to the hot stove league and sell some papers.

December 23, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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It will NEVER happen. They are not busting up the cap more for this guy.

Note the author of this article. Just trying to stir the pot.

December 23, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It will NEVER happen. They are not busting up the cap more for this guy.

What if the Phillies kick in a portion of his salary?

December 23, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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What if the Phillies kick in a portion of his salary?

Define portion. The only reason Soriano and Wells ended up with the Yankees is because the Angels and the Cubs ate 75% of those bad contracts. Wells and Soriano are a combined $5 million against the Yankees cap number this year.

The Phillies going to eat $30+ million of the bad contract Papsmear got from them?

December 23, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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You could see Papelbon going to the Yankees for Gardner, such a trade would fit needs for both teams.

That is a horrible trade for the Yankees.

December 23, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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You could see Papelbon going to the Yankees for Gardner, such a trade would fit needs for both teams.

Nah. I don't see it. Gardener is FA next year, Paplebon is an albatross around some teams neck for something like 3 or 4 more years....Yankees would move Gardener for a middle rotation starter.

December 23, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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Define portion. The only reason Soriano and Wells ended up with the Yankees is because the Angels and the Cubs ate 75% of those bad contracts. Wells and Soriano are a combined $5 million against the Yankees cap number this year.The Phillies going to eat $30+ million of the bad contract Papsmear got from them?

Good point...

December 23, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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That head case will never cut it in NY.

even if the phillies eat the whole Papelbon salary,the yankees shouldn't try their luck with such low profile and high injury risk!!!

 
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