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
Torii Hunter is not in the Twins starting lineup Wednesday.
Torii Hunter is having a very productive season in a quiet manner for the Twins. With hits in nine of his last ten games and four home runs in his last four games, a day of rest can do him more good than harm. Hunter is hitting .272 this season with 12 home runs and 44 RBI and should return to the lineup when the Twins are in Kansas City on Thursday. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Hanley Ramirez took batting practice Tuesday with no reported problems.
While it seems that there is always a nagging injury for Hanley Ramirez, he has played in 67 games this year. After taking batting practice yesterday, he may be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list yet again. Ramirez has scored 41 runs with 15 home runs and 38 RBI this year while hitting .283/.330/.482 for Boston. If he is in the lineup, he should be starting in fantasy. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Aaron Sanchez (back) might return to the bullpen when he is healthy.
Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to pitch bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Saturday. Then he will go on a rehab assignment. His role is to be determined by Toronto going forward. Although his ERA in his last four starts was 3.55, a move back to the pen where he had two wins and three saves in 2014 with a 1.09 ERA may serve the team better. Monitor the news going forward in regards to his role when Sanchez returns. Analysis: Greg Jewett