Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon open to being traded

Thursday July 10th, 2014

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon said he would be open to being dealt and doesn't understand some players who want to stay on losing teams.

Papelbon was asked about being traded after dispatching the Milwaukee Brewers on nine pitches to collect his 22nd save in the team's 4-1 victory on Wednesday.

"Some guys want to stay on a losing team? That's mind-boggling to me," Papelbon said, via "I think that's a no-brainer." 

Papelbon has only blown two saves this season, boasting a 1.24 ERA and holding batters to a .175 average against him.​​

He is making $13 million this season and is owed $13 million in 2015 but had mixed feelings when asked if he hopes a winning team would trade for him.

"Yes and no," Papelbon said. "You know, I came here for a reason ... and I say that because I'm with a group of guys in the bullpen that can do very special things in the future. I've been waiting for that, you know what I mean? It's fun to be a part of that, it really is. We are there finally with our bullpen. So that aspect of it would kind of [stink] to leave. But at the same time, winning is the cure-all of cure-alls."

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Philadelphia has won three games in a row, but sit at 40-51, 10 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East.

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