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The Phillies have taked to the Orioles about a potential Jonathan Papelbon trade but would have to eat a significant portion of Papelbon's salary in order to complete a deal, MASNsports.com reports.
The Orioles are still looking for a closing option after a deal with Grant Balfour fell through Friday, while the Phillies have reportedly been willing to package Papelbon with outfielder Domonic Brown in a deal.
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender