Posted July 29, 2013

Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon: ‘I didn’t come here for this’

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Jonathan Papelbon was part of the Red Sox organization following the 2011 season. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Phillies after the Red Sox reorganized in 2011. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Jonathan Papelbon has never been one to mince words. The morning after a 12-4 loss to the Tigers on Saturday, the Phillies reliever told MLB.com it’s time to reconstruct the Phillies organization — top to bottom.

The Phillies have been widely considered underachievers since signing Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million contract in November 2011. Philadelphia is currently 49-56 and 11 games back of NL East leader Atlanta. Losing is not what Papelbon had in mind when he came to Philadelphia.

From MLB.com:

“I definitely didn’t come here for this.

“It’s going to take, in my opinion, a lot,” he said. “And in my opinion, I think it’s going to have to be something very similar to what the Red Sox went through a couple years ago. From top to bottom.”

Papelbon has some experience with total organizational makeovers. He was with the Red Sox when manager Terry Francona was fired after a late-season 7-20 tumble left the team out of the playoffs. General manager Theo Epstein soon departed to the Cubs. The Red Sox also jettisoned several big-name players. Papelbon was allowed to test the free-agent market. Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez were key components in a megatrade to the Dodgers. Two seasons later, a revamped Red Sox lineup is still anchored by veterans David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia and the team is leading the AL East.

From MLB.com:

“That’s part of it,” he said about Boston’s decision not to bring him back. “That’s part of the business. If you want to go in a different direction and I’m not a piece of that puzzle, so be it. This is a job. There are no feelings in this game. I left. Carl [Crawford] left. [Josh] Beckett left. Adrian [Gonzalez] left. Now look at them.”

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined comment on Papelbon’s quotes. Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel have taken heat from disappointed Phillies fans. Manuel’s contract is up at season’s end.

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Papelbon made it clear that he’s not requesting a trade, but doesn’t want to be part of an organization that isn’t contending.

From MLB.com:

“No, I would like to stay here. But if I’m going to have to put up with this year after year, then no, I don’t want to be here. Why would you? Why would anybody?

“If I don’t do my job right, they’re going to find somebody else,” he said. “How is that different than the rest of the organization?”

If the Phillies decide that a redo should include sending Papelbon (2-0, 2.21 ERA, 20 saves in 25 opportunities) out of town, there’s doesn’t appear to be much of a market for him.

According to MLB.com:

The Phillies are open to trading Papelbon, although Amaro does not have an option to replace him internally. But there does not seem to be much interest in him at the moment. Joaquin Benoit has been effective closing for the Tigers, and Koji Uehara has been even more impressive closing games for the Red Sox.


23 comments
Markus
Markus

Can you spell "Prima Donna" ?

mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

Does everybody remember that kid growing up that used to cry when he lost. 

WestCoastSteve
WestCoastSteve

And, today, the SF Giants would like to say "thanks" to Papa Bon for gifting 2 runs in the ninth. This guy must be toxic.

glennjo
glennjo

No,he didn't "come here for this" he came here for $50 million. A guy who pitches one inning every couple days and blows like 4 saves in a row should keep his mouth shut and be happy he's being ridiculously overpaid.

OnePass
OnePass

This is why Mariano gets standing ovations from opposing fans.

riley8
riley8

This guy has been a moron from jumpstreet.

myhandlerules
myhandlerules

Maybe his teeny-tiny pitching arm is part of the problem. Seriously, look at the photo on this article. His arm looks really weird.

6marK6
6marK6

Did he really think the Phillies were on the way up when he signed? 

d3
d3

Most phillies fans didn't want you there in the first place. Those meatballs you toss over the plate tend to blow saves.

Cookie_in_a_cup
Cookie_in_a_cup

Gee, I can't imagine why he hasn't drawn a lot of interest...

help4mac1
help4mac1

duh, I know one team that will be in the market NEXT year.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Technically, he's right; he didn't come to Philly for the on the field nonsense that has been going on this season.  He came to Philly for the coin $$$$$$$$$$!  So he's not really lying.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

The Phillies are going to love Ryne Sandberg next year.

mugzbo
mugzbo

I can't help but laugh at this clown. That's got to be one of the best pictures SI has used. I can hear how mad he is while yelling, "I DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!" 

ENJOY IT, SUCKA!

JoeScott
JoeScott

...then retire, jack-a$$.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@d3 gotta disagree, most phils fans were pretty excited to get him after Lidge blew up.

d3
d3

Nope