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Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon “is generating little interest,” on the open market even though the team is willing to eat some money on his contract.
Although Papelbon is the best reliever available in the trading market leading up to the trade deadline, the high salary and often high demands are getting in the way of letting a deal go through. He has recently said he will exercise his no-trade clause if sent to a team that will not use his as a closer, which has hurt the Phillies side of things significantly. However in terms of fantasy at least we know he will be a closer the rest of the season, whether with the Phillies or an other organization. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Daniel Nava is planning to only hit from the left side during this spring.
Not that cutting back on the switch-hitting is going to affect his standing with the team at all. The problem is that Nava is seen as nothing more than a fourth outfielder type guy an the Red Sox are just too stacked right now for him to warrant much consideration. His best bet is to land with a different team and try from there. The Red Sox depth chart is going to be extremely difficult even for him to climb. Analysis: Howard Bender
Joe Kelly will pitch the Grapefruit League opener Thursday.
Kelly is currently penciled in as the Red Sox' No. 4 starter and will continue to throw with that game plan in place. He threw 96.1 innings between his time with the Cardinals and the Sox and while his command could have been a little stronger, he maintained passable ratios and a strong groundball rate. He's a tough one to trust but could be an interesting waiver option in deep mixed leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender