Jonathan Papelbon has two guaranteed years at $26 million remaining on his contract. (USA Today Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The winter meetings are into their third day and still the Phillies have not made any additions to their roster.
This doesn’t rule out something happening, of course. Last year, the Phillies made their only trade of the meetings on the way out the door when they acquired Ben Revere from Minnesota for pitchers Trevor May and Vance Worley. The Phils also laid important groundwork for the acquisition of Michael Young in the final hours of the meetings. That deal was finalized a few days after the meetings ended.
As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, the Phils were still looking for a starting pitcher to add to the back end of their rotation. On Tuesday, Amaro said that pitcher could come off the free-agent market. The Phils have checked in with Bronson Arroyo’s agent, but it doesn’t appear as if they are the top player for his services.
The Phillies continue to dangle Domonic Brown as trade bait. According to sources, the Phillies are looking for two young pitchers in return.
The club also continues to look to move closer Jonathan Papelbon.
“They’re selling the [crap] out of him,” a representative from one club said.
Papelbon is owed $26 million over the next two seasons, and the Phillies are willing to pay some of that money, according to sources. One team the Phillies approached about Papelbon was Cleveland. According to a source, the Phils offered to pay some of Papelbon’s salary, but the Indians were not interested.
The Phils have been looking to move Papelbon since July. There doesn’t appear to be much interest in him at these meetings.