The Dodgers are expected to go after Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, Mark Saxson of ESPNLosAngeles.com tweeted Wednesday.
The news comes just days after it was reported that the 33-year-old five-time All-Star talked about the idea of being traded to a winning club. The Phillies are currently 42-53 -- fifth in the NL East -- while the Dodgers sit atop the NL West, so his no-trade clause shouldn't be an issue from that standpoint should the opportunity present itself to leave Philadelphia for a contender.
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Papelbon, who won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2007, is making $13 million this season and will earn another $13 million next year, and the Dodgers have the flexibility to take on the remaining portion of his salary.
Through 37 1/3 innings, Papelbon has a 1.32 ERA with a .86 WHIP and 22 saves in 24 chances. For a career, he has an ERA of 2.33 and 308 saves.
The trade deadline is July 31.
- Marc Weinreich