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Closer Jonathan Papelbon expressed his frustration with the Phillies' situation after Sunday's loss, saying the organization will have to undergo changes from the top down if the team continues to struggle.
"I definitely didn't come here for this," said Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract in November 2011. "I would like to stay here. But if I'm going to have to put up with this year after year, then no, I don't want to be here. Why would you? Why would anybody?"
At this point, Papelbon has pretty much forced the Phillies hand prior to Wednesday's deadline. There are a few teams that are in a playoff run that could use his services, but will likely have to each a lot of his remaining salary. In terms of fantasy if he does in fact get traded there is no way a team would pay his premium and not use him as their closer. So his fantasy value should be safe either way. For all the latest bullpen news, be sure to follow @MLBDailyBullpen on Twitter. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Looks like $50 million doesn't buy you much loyalty. Tell you what Mr. Papelbon, why don't you go suck an egg. You make $12 million a year to play a game. Ninety-nine percent of folks will never make that amount in their entire life. They work for much less money under much greater work stresses than you do. How about your just keep your mouth shut and do your job. Thus ends our public service announcement. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
George Springer went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI in the Astros 6-2 loss to the Tigers on Friday.
Springer has now collected two hits in three straight games which has helped raise his average from .195 to .214 on the season. A concussion sidelined Springer in early May but he has played well since his return, hitting .282 with six runs, two home runs and four RBI. Fantasy owners will have to deal with the low batting average as Springer is once again on pace to rank among the league leaders in strikeouts but he’s already reached double-digit stole bases and could flirt with a 30/30 season given his potential. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba