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| Eno Sarris
Rotowire: Feb 21 / 3:14a ET
News: Manager Ryne Sandberg said Papelbon will be the Phillies' closer this season, the team's official site reports.
Impact: It was pretty much a given, but the question was asked because Papelbon needs to finish 48 games this season to have his $13 million club option for 2016 vest. The option year has created some difficulties for the Phillies in their attempts to trade Papelbon this winter. He has finished no fewer than 52 games in each of the previous eight seasons, making the option a near lock to be executed, provided he stays healthy. If the Phillies can trade Papelbon this spring, Ken Giles would be the favorite to close.
Rotowire: Feb 3 / 3:15a ET
News: GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said trade talks for Papelbon are still alive, CSN Philadelphia reports. "We're still having discussion � and not just with one club," Amaro said.
Impact: Amaro would not name the teams the Phillies have talked to, but Milwaukee is considered the most viable trade partner. Toronto has also expressed interest. The sticking point in talks has been Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016, which he wants guaranteed in order to waive his no trade clause.
Rotowire: Jan 24 / 3:26a ET
News: The Phillies have recently had trade talks with the Brewers involving Papelbon, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Milwaukee is one of the teams Papelbon can block a trade to, but he indicated during last season that he would be willing to waive his no trade clause to move to a contender. He also reportedly wants his $13 million option for 2016 picked up in order to waive his no-trade clause. Ken Giles would take over as the Phillies' closer if Papelbon gets dealt before the season begins.