Report: Brewers, Phillies discussing Papelbon trade

Jonathan Papelbon may be headed to Milwaukee.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported early Friday morning that the Brewers were in “serious discussions” with Philadelphia regarding a trade for Papelbon.

Passan noted that the no-trade clause in Papelbon’s contract includes 17 teams, and it’s unclear whether the Brewers are one of them. The 34-year-old reliever is owed $13 million next season and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016.

With his club currently in the process of rebuilding, the veteran closer could be on his way out after three years in Philadelphia. A five-time All-Star selection, Papelbon has at least 29 saves in each of his nine seasons as big-league closer. He posted a 2.04 ERA with 39 saves in 2014.

The Brewers, meanwhile, are in the market for a late-inning reliever as last year’s closer, Francisco Rodriguez, is currently a free agent.

– Chad Thornburg


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