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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
Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Salty has been god awful so far this season, and the Marlins feel comfortable going forward with J.T. Realmuto as their starting catcher. They decided to designate him for assignment, giving the Diamondbacks a chance to go after the veteran catcher. Going to Arizona wouldn't do much for his fantasy value besides for having him remain in the big leagues, so unless he somehow turns it around and gets a deal worked out with the D-Backs, punt on Saltalamacchia. Analysis: Dom Murtha