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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
Shin-Soo Choo is working through some major offensive struggles.
Choo's slash line of .096/.254/.173 is the stuff of which fantasy nightmares are made. His strikeout and walk rates are the same as they've alwys been, but his biggest problem right now is that he's swinging at and making contact with far too many pitches outside the strike zone. When he's up there hacking away, the contact that he is making is terrible. It's produced a 54.1-percent ground ball rate and a .111 BABIP. He needs to get out of his head and fix his batter's eye and once he does, the hits will start to come and everything should fall back into place for him. It's slow-going for sure right now, but he is not a player you really want to give up on just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender
Brandon Phillips posted his first extra-base hit of the season Monday,
If you're still riding the Brandon Phillips train, it is time to abandon. DatBPDude just isn't the player he was in his 20's with four straight seasons of decline in OPS. He failed to reach 18 homers last season with only eight, and ended his eight year streak of double-digit home streak. It is time to say good-bye to Mr. Phillips is he is still on your roster and hope for better days. Analysis: Rob Trayah