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Jul 17, 2014

Dodgers Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon is on the radar

By on 11:53 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen is one many fans enjoy to watch. With Chris Perez and Brian Wilson, the Dodgers relief corps have much personality. However, personality does not always turn into results. Their bullpen has a 3.74 ERA, which ranks 19th in the major leagues. They currently reside in first place in a very competitive National League West, but they want some more relief pitching to perhaps help them go deep into the playoffs.

One candidate that is on the Dodgers' radar is Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles. Papelbon recently showed interest of being traded to a contender and he seems likely to be one of the first Phillies players to be dealt. The Phillies currently sit in the bottom of the National League East with a 42-53 record.

Papelbon has a high salary. He is in the third year of a four-year, $50 million contract he signed to come to Philadelphia. He is due $13 million this and next season. His contract also includes a $13 million vesting option for 2016. This is what makes him a perfect candidate to go to the Dodgers, who have the highest payroll in Major League Baseball. Taking on Papelbon's salary, unlike many other teams, is not an issue. He would definitely add to their bullpen as well.

On the season, Papelbon has been of the best relief pitchers. He has a 2-1 record with a 1.21 ERA and a 2.33 FIP in 37.1 innings pitched. He has saved 22 of 24 opportunities, which is good for a 92 save percentage. That is the third highest save percentage of his career. Papelbon's 309 ERA+ says that he has been 209% better than the average major league pitcher, which is the second-highest mark of the season. He also has a 76 to 28 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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