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July 13, 2015

Papelbon to Phillies: Sh*t or get off the pot

As the only player representing the Phillies at this year's MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Jonathan Papelbon is right where he wants to be: Anywhere but Philadelphia.

The 34-year-old closer, who is having another strong season on the mound (1.60 ERA, 5/1 K/BB), has fairly routinely voiced his desire to pitch for a contender to local reporters. Now, on a big stage like the Midsummer Classic, national writers are getting the up close and personal opportunity to hear some of Papelbon's, um, honesty:

As mentioned above, this isn't really anything new except more people across the country might now start paying attention to Papelbon's discontent. Last week, we wrote about Jayson Stark's report that Ruben Amaro, Jr. might have previously been shut down on trading his closer from above. One thing is for sure, though: If the Papelbon is still a Phillie after the trade deadline, he is not going to be a happy camper.

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