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Phillies-Nationals trade talks over Jonathan Papelbon reportedly heating up

Phillies-Nationals trade talks over Jonathan Papelbon reportedly heating up

A little over a week after the trade market for Jonathan Papelbon seemed all but dead, things appear to be heating up. With the July 31 non-waiver deadline only days away, the Washington Nationals, who already have a solid closing option in Drew Storen, have been making progress on a deal for Papelbon since the weekend, according to multiple reports. The issue that could hold up any potential deal, however, is that Papelbon has said he will refuse to go to a team where he won't have ninth-inning duties, or even have to share them. Under his contract terms, Washington is one place he can block a trade to. For the deal to go through, the Nationals would have to commit to making...

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